A High Court sitting in Mukono, Uganda has sentenced a 63-year-old Imam to life imprisonment for defiling a two-year-old girl.
Musa Mulo, an Imam at Kibubbu Mosque in Lugazi Municipality in the neighbouring Buikwe District and married to three wives, was convicted upon his own plea of guilt.
The state prosecutor Ms Janat Kitimbo told court that Imam Mulo sexually tormented the toddler in 2012. Prosecution submitted that on the fateful day, the victim went alone to Mulo’s home in the neighbourhood.
Mulo grabbed the toddler in his compound and took her into the house where he defiled her and damaged her private parts. The Imam later told the child to go back home.
When the mother inquired what had happened to her child, a neighbour said the girl had been in the Imam’s house.
Ms Nalumasi reported to police who arrested the randy Imam. Upon his arrest, a group of Muslims stormed Nalumasi’s home and destroyed her property, claiming she had framed Imam Mulo, their religious leader.
However at the commencement of the trial on Friday, the imam pleaded guilty to defiling the girl.
“I carried that child, put her on my laps and I just saw my zip opening by itself,” the imam mused court.
Justice Ms Margaret Mutonyi observed that Mulo is not fit to be an imam or live in. She described him as “a dangerous person” who is supposed to be kept away from children. Mulo had spent six years on remand.
The judge said defilement cases are on the rise in Buikwe due to drug abuse and parents’ negligence. She sentenced Mulo to life imprisonment.
Source: NTV Uganda