Headteacher sentenced to 17 years over defiling pupil

Wilson Habiyakale, the head teacher of Chuho Primary School in Kisoro district has been sentenced to a 17 year and 9-month jail term after pleading guilty for defiling his 14-year-old primary six pupil.

The ruling has been made by Justice Moses Kawumi Kazibwe while Habiyakale appeared in Kabale High Court on Monday.

Justice Kazibwe noted that the headteacher, given his age and office was in position to protect the minor placed under his care.

According to Kawumi, Habiyakare was meant to spend 18 years in jail but has already spent three months on remand thus reducing the term.

Habiyakale was on February 28th this year caught red handed defiling the minor and was arrayed before the Kisoro Grade One Magistrate Court where he was charged with aggravated trafficking contrary to sections 3(1)(a) and 5(a) of the prevention of trafficking in person’s act.

However, the convict’s family protested the charges and petitioned the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) through their lawyers Augustine Akineza M/S MNA advocates thus the DPP called the file to Kampala for analysis.

In April this year, Habiyakare was committed to High Court and slapped with fresh charges of aggravated defilement contrary to section 129 (3) (4) (a) and (C) of the penal code act.

The prosecution led by Grace Ntege Nabagala asked the court to hand Habiyakare a heavy sentence because he committed a sexual act with a minor instead of protecting her.

Nabagala also said that Habiyakare failed to fulfill his duty as a head teacher to protect the girl child (pupil) by her.

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