UCU student charged over sharing her porn video hospitalised

Monday July 16 2018

Lillian Rukundo was recently arraigned in

Lillian Rukundo was recently arraigned in Buganda Road Court and charged with 10 counts before being convicted on her own plea of guilty. PHOTO BY JULIET KIGONGO 

By Juliet Kigongo

Buganda Road Court has heard that the 23-year-old student of Uganda Christian University (UCU) who is facing charges of producing and broadcasting a pornographic video is very sick and admitted at Luzira health facility.

Lillian Rukundo, a student of Mass Communication at the Mukono-based University, was expected to appear today for the hearing of her case after changing her plea to not guilty before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate under the Utilities and Wildlife Court, Ms Mary Babirye.
However prison authorities told court that Rukundo got an asthma attack in the morning and collapsed while entering the prison’s bus.

Rukundo is jointly charged with a renowned blogger Kato Ashiraf alias Ashburg Katto.
Court has released Kato on a cash bail of Shs500, 000 while a production warrant for Rukundo has been issued for tomorrow.

“If it happens that you cannot produce her in court today, prison authority should inform us early,” Ms Babirye said.

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. However she changed her plea to not guilty after watching her video in court.

Prosecution states that Rukundo in the year 2017 at Jordan Courts Hostel, Mukono District produced a video of herself masturbating while pushing her finger in and out of her vagina in a highly graphic, vivid, explicit and offensive/noxious manner intended to arouse the sexual feelings of whoever may happen to watch it.

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It is further stated that Rukundo paused for, and took a picture of herself naked, 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. She allegedly shared the pictures to a friend’s facebook account called Ian Lon.

Ashburg is facing charges of broadcasting Rukundo’s pornographic video on the social media.
Prosecution states that Kato on May 24, 2018 in Kampala in the Kampala District, broadcasted on 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 whistle blower tipped the Anti-pornographic committee that was inaugurated by the Ethics and Integrity minister Fr Simon Lokodo to curb acts of pornography in Uganda.

According to the law, Rukundo and her co-accused are liable to a 10-years imprisonment term.

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