Ugandan maid jailed 4 years

KAMPALA - A Ugandan maid has been sentenced to four years in jail for assaulting a toddler, in a case which sparked outrage across the country after a video was released.

Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, was filmed beating, kicking and stamping on the 18-month-old child.

On Friday, she told a court in Kampala the attack was revenge after she was beaten by the child's mother.

The mother denied beating her. Earlier charges of torture were dropped.

Chief Magistrate Lillian Buchan told Tumuhiirwe she had committed an "unjustifiable and inexcusable" crime.

She said the sentence was appropriate in light of the "ruthlessness exhibited" on an "innocent, helpless child", reports the AFP news agency.

The video footage, which prompted the case, came from a camera the child's father, Eric Kamanzi, had installed in his home after noticing his daughter was bruised and limping.

He reported the abuse to police last month and circulated the video online to family members. The footage was later shared more widely, provoking horror and upset internationally.

Comments (7)

she must c makandiwa for treatment

nyangare steven - 21 December 2014

4 yrs too little 4 that maid

neruwana t e - 26 December 2014

Is the baby still alive? rumours were that, the baby died because of the injuries is this true...

Camera - 29 December 2014

bbc states the child is physically well. google Jolly Tumuhiirwe bbc.

steve blomefield - 31 December 2014

Only four years in prison? That is too much for this Museveni appointed Magistrate. Throwing the toddler onto the floor like a sack of rotting sausages, beating t toddler's back with a hard object and standing on a her little, defenceless body as if the Maid was balance exercising - the maid's weight, about, 160 lbs. This is the type of justice that can be found in a Dictator's courtroom system.

Yepec - 6 January 2015

That one was supposed to be jailed in Zimbabwe, in the same cell with Gumbura and Company and they should give her no rest, until the end of her jail term.

jore - 2 February 2015

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