Wednesday August 20 2014

Woman jailed for stealing a baby


A 20-year-old Rwandan national who was charged with stealing a baby has been sentenced to 28 months in Luzira Prison.
Ms Aisha Gihozo was on Tuesday convicted by City Hall Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Mr Erias Kakooza after he found her guilty of the offence.
Prosecution alleged that on October 3, last year at Prime Inn Guest House in Kamwokya, a city suburb, with intent to deprive one Ms Dorren Akello, 15, of parenthood for about a week, Ms Gihozo harbored her child without her approval.

“The prosecution managed to bring in court several witness to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. However, Ms Gihozo refused to bring in any witnesses to defend her despite offers from court to transport her witnesses from wherever they were,” said Magistrate Kakooza and added, “I proceed to find the accused person guilty of the charge of child theft and thereby sentence her to twenty eight months in jail.”
Court concurred with evidence from the baby’s mother (Ms Akello) that Ms Gihozo, indeed gave her an over dose of Piriton tablets and vanished with her baby.

In her testimony, Ms Akello told court that since she had just been from labour a few days, Gihozo got the opportunity of prescribing to her some four tablets which made her dizzy and dozed off.
Thereafter, the convict found it easy to steal the child from its mother because they were staying together as friends at Prime Inn Guest House.
The suspect was later arrested by the police in Isingiro District after she had replaced the names of the baby’s mother on the immunisation card with hers.