By Jonan Wamara
MASINDI: The Masindi Chief Magistrates court has today remanded Mr. Hosea Kiiza, the embattled Headteacher of St. Kizito Primary School in Muuro Village, Bwijanga Sub County Masindi district, to Masindi Prisons until 8th of November 2022 over aggravated defilement.
The 54-years-old head teacher was arrested last Sunday and detained at Masindi Police Station after police received multiple accusations from parents, pinning him of defiling and impregnating pupils at the same school.
Hosea who has spent five days behind bars at Masindi Central Police Station was today appeared before the Masindi Chief Magistrates court where chief magistrate Kosiya Kasibayo read to him charges of aggravated defilement before remanding him.
Hosea was however not allowed to defend himself as the magistrate explained to him that the level of the court was not mandated to hear his case which is a capital offense and that the state prosecutor was not present in court.
Speaking to this online news publication shortly after court, some of the complainants asked court to handle the case objectively such that they can get justice for their children.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday this-week, our reporter reached out to Legal experts at Legal Aid Clinic in Masindi-town to ascertain the lawful penalty for this case.
Counsel Keneth Muyambi one of the Legal Aid advocates explained that according to the penal code act, in-case anyone is proved guilty of aggravated defilement, he is liable to a death sentence.
The legal expert further explained that court can reduce the punishment to a maximum of 35 years in prison in-case there are mitigation factors like the offender being mentally ill or incase he committed the offense under the influence of alcohol among-others.