A 16-year-old senior high student in Uganda’s Bududa District has described how a machete-wielding man assaulted her and cut off her hand after she defied his effort to rape her.
During a session at Bubulo Magistrate’s Court in Manafwa District on Wednesday, April 7, Evelyn Namasopo informed Mbale Chief Magistrate, Mr James Mawanda, that the perpetrator Derrick Kuloba, 25, assaulted her near a forest on her way home to collect beddings and food for her sick mother who had been admitted.
“He (Kuloba) began demanding that I undress, and when I resisted, he took out a machete and began cutting me. “He tried to hack my head off, but I tried to protect it with my right hand,” she said in court during a trial in which Kuloba is accused of attempted murder.
Evelyn said she shouted in the hopes of getting assistance, but it was in vain, she managed to escape and reported the incident to the police.
Kuloba was released in mysterious conditions a few days after his arrest, prompting the victim to suspect police and Mbale Court of attempting to sabotage her lawsuit.
“Because I am now injured, I need justice from this court. I do not do the things I used to do on a daily basis. She explained.
The lawsuit has been rescheduled for April 8, 2021, as the prosecution is supposed to call further witnesses to the stand.