Court name
HC: Criminal Division (Uganda)
Judgment date
16 January 2014

Uganda v Walyanda (Criminal Session Case-2011/272) [2014] UGHCCRD 11 (16 January 2014);

Cite this case
[2014] UGHCCRD 11
Short summary:

Criminal law

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE HIGH COURT OF UGANDA AT JINJA

 

CRIMINAL SESSION CASE NO. 272 OF 2011

 

UGANDA……………………………………………….PROSECUTOR

 

VERSUS

 

WALYANDA ASUMAN ISABIRYE………………………..ACCUSED

 

BEFORE: THE HON. JUSTICE GODFREY NAMUNDI

 

 

RULING

 

This is a Ruling on whether the prosecution has made out a prima facie case against the accused.

 

A prima facie case is one where a reasonable Tribunal would convict on the evidence available if no other evidence is called or even if the accused offers no defence.

 

As cited in the case of Labiro alias Musa Vrs. Republic, the court may hold that there is no case to answer when there is no evidence to prove an essential element or the evidence has been discredited or the evidence is so unreliable that it cannot be believed.

 

The evidence of participation of the accused in this matter revolves around the testimony of the victim – Kasakya Sarah.  She states that the accused had sex with her 2 times - once near her home, and the second time at the office of the accused.  Both times she reported to no one and does not even recall the days or month when the same took place.

 

She then claims she reported to her teachers – one Nsada James (PW3) and Ndagire Alice Mpagi (PW4).

 

The said witnesses in their testimony deny the victim ever told them that the accused had defiled her. 

 

She states in her testimony that when the accused visited their home and asked for sex the 3rd time, that is when she revealed to her mother that the accused had been defiling her more than once and this time had come for more sex.

 

The mother however who was PW2 denied that the victim ever reported to her that the accused had ever had sex with her.  That she only told her that the accused has asked her for sex and that is why she reported the matter to the LC.

 

With all the contradictions, denials and what I consider to be outright lies on the part of the victim and most of the witnesses – one wonders who is fooling who.

 

I find no sufficient evidence to support the Indictment against the accused.

 

The charges are dismissed and the accused is acquitted accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Godfrey Namundi

Judge

16/01/2014

 

 

 

16/01/2014:

Accused in court

Prosecutor: Janat Kitimbo

Defence:               Munyamasoko Chris

 

Court:                   Ruling delivered in open court.

 

 

 

 

Godfrey Namundi

Judge

16/01/2014