A teenage 16-year-old senior two student in Bududa District of Uganda, has recounted how she was accosted and attacked by a machete-wielding man who cut off her hand after she resisted his attempt to sexuallly assault her.
The girl identified as Evelyn Namasopo told Mbale Chief Magistrate, Mr James Mawanda, during a session at Bubulo Magistrate’s Court in Manafwa District on Wednesday, April 7, that the suspect identified as Derrick Kuloba, 25, attacked her near a forest on her way home to pick beddings and food for her sick mother.
“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 stated that she made an alarm hoping to get help but in vain, adding that she’s still going through a lot of pain
Evelyn accused police and Mbale Court of trying to frustrate her case because Kuloba was freed under unclear circumstances a few days after his arrest.
“I need justice from this court because I’m now disabled. I’m not able to do any day-to-day activities like I used to. I can’t even write,” she explained.
Prosecution counsel told court that Kuloba, a resident of Nabooti Village, Nakatsi Sub-County in Bududa District, on July 4, 2020 armed with a machete, attacked the victim before chopping off her right hand in a botched rape
The girl also during the attack sustained several injuries on other parts of the body. The prosecution counsel brought three witnesses; the victim, her cousin and uncle.
Evelyn in her testimony further asked court to give Kuloba a harsh punishment.
The case has been adjourned to April 8, 2021 when Prosecution is expected to present more witnesses in court.
Her mother, Ms Juliet Khainza said: “We had waited for this case to start but in vain. I want my daughter to get justice.”
Ms Khainza called on the suspect to foot her daughter’s medical bills, pending judgment, saying her family could nolonger afford her medication.