A 45-year-old man, Julius Bagoole, from Kamuli municipality, has been sent to prison after being accused of defiling his three daughters in Uganda’s eastern district of Kamuli. Bagoole, who appeared before the Kamuli Chief Magistrates Court, is also facing charges of aggravated trafficking in children. Chief Magistrate Hope Namisi remanded him to Kamuli District Government Prison, where he will remain until further proceedings.
Bagoole’s alleged actions were brought to light when one of his daughters confided in a friend, leading to the matter being reported to Kamuli Central Police Station and Bagoole’s subsequent arrest. Busoga North Police spokesperson Michael Kasadha stated that Bagoole had purportedly committed these offenses under the belief that he was cleansing and protecting his victims from evil spirits. According to police investigations, he alternated the victims in sexual abuse at different intervals.
The suspect is currently facing three counts of aggravated defilement and two counts of aggravated trafficking in children. In Uganda, the law stipulates that anyone found guilty of aggravated defilement could face a maximum sentence of death. This offense involves engaging in sexual intercourse with a child aged between days old and 14 years. Offenders can also be punished under this charge if they are HIV positive, blood relatives of the victim, have authority over the victim, if the victim has a disability, or if the offender is a serial offender.