Uganda maid admits torturing toddler

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A maid in Uganda who was secretly filmed beating and kicking a toddler has pleaded guilty to torture.

In the dock: Jolly Tumuhiirwe at City Hall Court on Monday (Photos: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)
In the dock: Jolly Tumuhiirwe at City Hall Court on Monday (Photos: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

Jolly Tumuhirwe, 22, was charged in court with the torture of a girl of 18 months. A video of the assault caused outrage when it was posted online. (Watch Video Here)

The child’s father, Eric Kamanzi, had installed a camera in his home after noticing his daughter was bruised and limping.

Ms Tumuhirwe asked the court, the parents and Ugandans to forgive her.

The graphic footage, which is taken from a camera hidden in the corner of the living room, shows Ms Tumuhirwe hitting the child when she resists feeding and then throwing her to the floor, beating her with a torch before stepping on her and kicking her.

No lawyer

The footage of the abuse, which was not shown in court on Monday, has been seen or shared thousands of times on social media.

Jolly Tumuhirwe, a 22-year-old housemaid in Naalya in Kiwatule suburb, appears to be battering the baby with a hard object on the face.
Jolly Tumuhirwe, a 22-year-old housemaid in Naalya in Kiwatule suburb, appears to be battering the baby with a hard object on the face.

After capturing the violence on film, the girl’s father reported the incident to police on 13 November.

Ms Tumuhirwe, who was not represented by a lawyer in court, now faces up to 15 years in prison for the crime or a fine of about $400 (£260) or both.

One of Uganda’s leading advocates offered to represent her but the magistrate denied his request saying he had not formally notified the court.

The BBC’s Patience Atuhaire in the capital, Kampala, says the toddler’s father broke down in court when the maid said she was sorry.

Mr Eric Kamanzi shares a light moment with his daughter Arnella Kamanzi together with her mother Angela Mbabazi at the police headquarters in Kampala yesterday. Photo by Michael Kakumirizi
Mr Eric Kamanzi shares a light moment with his daughter Arnella Kamanzi together with her mother Angela Mbabazi at the police headquarters in Kampala last month. Photo by Michael Kakumirizi

The magistrate granted the state attorney’s request for an adjournment of two days so that she could gather more facts on the case.

After the public outrage that followed the video, police had issued a statement saying the charge of torture would be amended to attempted murder.

But the directorate of public prosecutions was quoted in local media on Monday as saying that investigations were still on-going and the charge remained torture under the Anti-Torture Act.

Our reporter says the courtroom was packed and people were running and craning their necks to have a good look at Ms Tumuhirwe as she was led away by prison officers after the session. BBC

  • Dr hugh janus

    My Goodness… This is devilish… My goodness this is cruelty at its peak.. I hope she gets several years

  • Manyara Manyara

    Can someone ask her why she did this. I’m not seeking any justification and certainly not defending her but I am just wondering what would drive a woman to behave in this manner. A study of such behavior I believe can help society take note of certain traits and hopefully always be on the alert.

    • Zimbabwe

      She is just vile,evil and a sadist woman.

      • Kyle James

        Haiwa mweya yetsvina chete.

    • yahwe

      she’s just evil period. There’s no reason on earth for one to behave as such.

  • me

    evil bitch must be hanged….

  • Gwereza

    Just like men , women can be evil, ask some married men who are on the receiving end.

  • Trish

    15 years jail time is fine, that option of $400….HELL NO..! Let this ‘person’ rot in hell

  • Sipho

    Nyika ine miyedzo!

  • Dog Star

    So a $400/ fine option is all she needs to get out jail?

  • Donky81

    Stop judging her coz you have all done evil things which nobody filmed .You are evil in some way

    • nemi

      yes but why take in on an innocent baby????? That is been evil the devil satan in felsh nxa.

      • auxilia Jaime

        Ane mental disturbuns.

  • Simonn Dames

    15 years or a small fine what rubbish. She shouldn’t be allowed bail and jailed for at least 25 + years. The problem with life as we know it today is our justice systems failing. There is clear video to prove what she has done and clearly not someone that should be allowed in public. This video had me in tears as my daughter is exactly the same age and I get cold shivers just thinking of someone hurting my little girl. Must say I have a lot of respect for the father as I wouldn’t have been able to control myself enough to call the police if that was my daughter.

  • gaja

    that maid should be punished by inserting that torch light in her pussy until she bleeds to death