The High court in Kampala has sentenced a primary school teacher George Makande to a seven years imprisonment term at Luzira prison after finding him guilty of sodomising an 11 year old pupil.
Presiding judge Joseph Murangira found Makadde guilty of aggravated defilement after prosecution proved all the 3 ingredients of this offence.
Although Makande is expected to protect, teach and help pupils, he instead raided the boys’ dormitory at the school and descended on one of the pupils before committing the heinous act. Makande has been on remand since April 2013 when he allegedly committed the crime.
Sources at the school revealed that the teacher would sneak into the boys’ dormitory in the wee hours of the morning pretending to check on the innocent boys.
According to the victim, Makande first found him in the dormitory while doing general cleaning.
The victim further narrated to court that on the second occasion, his teacher sodomized him behind the dining hall after he had finished eating dinner. The victim noted that, from then, his teacher continued sodomizing him.
While sentencing Makande Justice Murangira noted that Makande’s actions of committing a Biblical and cultural crime cast the teacher’s profession to shame.
However the judge took into consideration the 3 years Makande has spent on remand and deducted it from the ten years imprisonment term to make seven years.
Evidence before court shows that Makadde who used to double as a Dormitory master at Mwebaze Nursery and primary school in Kasangati between March and April 2014 repeatedly had canal knowledge of his primary five pupil whenever his colleagues would go to line up for supper and to do co-curricular activities.
It’s the victim’s mother who spotted her Son on visitation day walking with difficulty and reported the matter to the head teacher, hence Makande’s arrest.
WHAT THE LAW SAYS
The Penal Code Act has provision for the protection of children against sexual offences while the Children’s Act provides for the care and protection of children from harmful practices.
Article 145 of the Penal Code Act (Unnatural offences). Any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; has carnal knowledge of an animal; or permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.
Article 146 of the Penal Code Act (attempt to commit unnatural offences).
Any person who attempts to commit any of the offences specified in section 145 commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.