A 16-year-old senior two student in Uganda’s Bududa District was abducted and assaulted by a man wielding a machete, who cut off her hand after she defied his attempt to rape her.
During a session at Bubulo Magistrate’s Court in Manafwa District on Wednesday, April 7, Evelyn Namasopo told Mbale Chief Magistrate, Mr James Mawanda, that the 25-year-old perpetrator Derrick Kuloba assaulted her near a forest on her way home to collect beddings and food for her sick mother, who had been admitted.
“He (Kuloba) started ordering me to undress and when I refused he pulled out a machete and started cutting me. He wanted to cut my head but I tried to guard it with my right hand,” she told court during hearing of a case in which Kuloba is accused of attempted murder.
Evelyn said she made an alarm hoping to get help but in vain, adding that she’s still experiencing a lot of pain, she also accused police and Mbale Court of trying to frustrate her case because Kuloba was released under unclear circumstances a few days after his arrest.
The prosecution told the court that Kuloba, a resident of Nabooti Village, Nakatsi Sub-County in Bududa District, waylaid the victim and attacked her before chopping off her right hand in a botched rape on July 4, 2020.
The girl also suffered fractures to other areas of her body. The prosecution called three witnesses: the suspect, her cousin, and her uncle.
In her testimony, the girl even begged the court to sentence Kuloba severely.
The lawsuit was rescheduled for April 8, 2021, where the prosecution is likely to bring more witnesses in custody.