VIDEO: UCU student denies charges after watching her porn video in court

Saturday July 14 2018

 UCU student denies charges watching pornography video court

Lillian Rukundo was on Monday arraigned in Buganda Road Court in Uganda’s capital Kampala. PHOTO BY JULIET KIGONGO  

By JULIET KIGONGO

A 23-year-old student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) who had on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of producing and broadcasting a pornographic video has now denied the charges against her.

Lillian Rukundo, a daughter to a UPDF soldier and student of Mass Communication who had appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate under the Utilities and Wildlife Court for sentencing surprisingly changed her plea of guilty to not guilty.

This was after Rukundo together with the presiding chief magistrate, Ms Mary Babirye and the state prosecutor Emily Ninsiima watched a video of herself her sex video in court

Ms Ninsiima had asked court to first watch Rukundo's video before handing her an appropriate sentence. However immediately after watching the video and listening to the facts of the case, Rukundo denied the charges.

“I do not know anything about the video and facts of the case that have been stated,” Rukundo told the fully packed court.

On Monday July 9, Rukundo had pleaded guilty to the eight charges which included producing and broadcasting pornographic video contrary to section 13(1) and (2) of the Anti- Pornography Act 2014.

Ms Babirye further remanded Rukundo to Luzira until July16, 2018 when she will be brought back to court for hearing after prosecution indicated that it has four witnesses.
.Prosecution states that Rukundo in the year 2017 at Jordan Courts Hostel, Mukono District produced a video of herself masturbating with the intention of arousing the sexual feelings of whoever may happen to watch it.

It is further stated that Rukundo paused for and took a picture of her naked self from the breasts down to the knees in a highly graphic, vivid, explicit and offensive/noxious manner intended to arouse the sexual feelings of whoever may happen to see it.

Rukundo is charged alongside renowned blogger Kato Ashiraf alias Ashburg Katto. Ashburg is alleged to have broadcasting Rukundo’s pornographic video on social media.

Prosecution states that Kato on May 24, 2018 in Kampala in the Kampala District, broadcasted on the social media a picture of Rukundo depicting her naked self from the breasts down to the knees in a highly graphic, vivid, explicit and offensive/noxious manner intended to arouse the sexual feelings of whoever may happen to see it.

Last month a whistleblower tipped the Pornographic Control Committee that was inaugurated by the Ethics and Integrity minister, Mr Simon Lokodo.

According to the law, Rukundo and Kato are liable to a ten years imprisonment term or a Court fine of Shs10 million.

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