KAMPALA- Court has convicted a 23-year-old woman who confessed to staging her own kidnap in an attempt to test her husband’s love.
Aminah Mirembe a resident of Nakawa a Kampala suburb appeared at City Hall Court presided over by magistrate Patrick Talisuna and admitted to faking own kidnap.
“…the convict is hereby sentenced to a fine of Shs 300,000 and in defaulting, she should be imprisoned for one-year,” held Mr Talisuna.
When Mr Talisuna asked Mirembe why she put her loved ones on tension, she said: “I was testing my husband’s love for me.”
Mirembe was charged with one count of giving false information to police about her kidnap.
During mitigation, the state prosecutor, Ms Lydia Batiibwe sought court to give the convict a deterrent sentence asserting that cases of self-kidnap are on the increase in Uganda and therefore a severe punishment would deter would be offenders.
Prosecution stated that Mirembe on May 26 at Ntinda in Kampala gave a police officer C/ASP Moses Acaye false information that she had been kidnapped and her abductors were demanding ransom of Shs 500,000.
Prosecution further contended that the Mr Acayo devoted his precious time and state resources to investigate the bogus kidnap.
This is not the first time a woman is being charged for staging own kidnap.
On Monday, court in Kayunga convicted Rebecca Birabwa, 32 and sentenced to six-months in jail upon pleading guilty to similar charges.
In a related incident, a 19-year-old student is still battling charges of staging her kidnap with intent to extort money from her mother before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Peace Ansiimirwe, a resident of Bushenyi-Ishaka in Bushenyi District was charged alongside her boyfriend one Julius Atwebembire.
Prosecution contends that on April 23 at Kasubi, Rubaga Division in Kampala, the duo with menaces or force demanded Shs 3 million from one Scovia Nahabwe who is Ansiimirwe’s mother with intent of stealing the said money.