Uganda maid guilty of toddler assault

KAMPALA - A maid in Uganda who was secretly filmed beating a little girl has been found guilty of assaulting the toddler.

Jolly Tumuhirwe, 22, told the court she had been driven to attack the 18-month-old because the child's mother had beaten her - something the mother denied.

A video of the assault caused outrage when it was posted online.

Earlier charges of torture were dropped after prosecutors said they could not be easily proven.

Tumuhirwe now faces up five years in jail for committing assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

She is due to be sentenced on Monday.

The abuse came to light when the child's father, Eric Kamanzi, installed a camera in his home after noticing his daughter was bruised and limping.

The graphic footage, taken from a camera hidden in the corner of the living room, shows Tumuhirwe hitting the child when she resists feeding and then throwing her to the floor, beating her with a torch before stepping on her and kicking her.

The footage of the abuse has been seen or shared thousands of times on social media.

Leaving the court on Friday, the child's mother, Angella Mbabazi, told the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala that she had not beaten the maid.

She said would not have been able to leave her daughter in her care if that was true.

On Monday, Tumuhirwe asked the court, the parents and Ugandans to forgive her.

Mr Kamanzi broke down in tears when the maid offered her apology.

Comments (2)

It is true the devil is at work in this world......it is beyond remorse and imagination to see what maids are capable of doing! To the cruel maid, may you get a deserving punishment for what you did to the innocent soul,you must be ashamed of yourself, you are satan, you are stupid, foolish and desrve 50 years ormore in jail. That child can develop health problems such as epilepsy/heart/kidney problems you must repent. May the Lord be with the poor soul, and the family. Parents please do not leave young children and babies with peolpe you don't know much-better to stay at home looking after your own children, with no money than this situation.

heatbroken mum - 12 December 2014

She more than deserves to be found guilty. None other than the devilish Emmerson Munangagwa , can be her true judge.

Yepec - 14 December 2014

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