Teacher gets 15 years for infecting pupil

Wednesday May 1 2013

By Gertrude Mutyaba


Masaka High Court has sentenced a teacher to 15 years imprisonment for impregnating his 15-year-old pupil, eloping with her and infecting her with HIV/Aids.

Court presided over by Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli on Monday heard that David Ochen, a resident of Market Zone in Sembabule Town Council, had sexual affairs with the pupil and later made her pregnant before running off with her to Mukono District where she produced twins last year.

Prosecution led by Ms Anne Kiiza said the victim’s parents took their daughter from Ochen in March last year about two months after she had produced the twins, one of whom died. The parents later returned the girl to school in Ssembabule. Ms Kiiza said a medical examination had indicated that she was HIV positive upon her return. She added that the accused continued to have sex with the victim after she was reinstated in school.

The prosecution asked court for a long custodial sentence because Ochen had ruined the 15-year-old’s life.
Ochen, however, asked court to support the girl. “I need to help the mother of my child who is HIV positive and my innocent child. I pray court to allow me to go back to my people.”

The defence lawyer, Mr Edward Kikirengoma, asked for a minimum punishment, saying his client was apologetic for what he did, adding that at 21 years, he would reform. Justice Oguli, however, said it was common for people with HIV to maliciously infect others. She said Ochen should have been the one stopping his pupils from engaging in premarital sex.