By Staff Reporter
UGANDA – Police in Uganda have confirmed that Jolly Tumuhirwe (22), the maid who was secretly filmed brutalizing a two-year-old toddler, will now be charged with attempted murder.
Patrick Onyango, who is the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, said the maid was charged at the Nakawa Magistrates Court on the 20th of November after the completion of police investigations. She was remanded to Luzira Prison.
“She will appear in court again on December 8th, 2014. She was charged under the Anti-torture Act, Sec. 3 but we are planning to amend the charge to attempted murder,” Onyango said.
Nehanda Radio understands the shocking video, which has upset many people worldwide, was filmed 5 months ago.
The father of the child Erick Kamanzi, who works for a reputable NGO in Kampala, secretly installed a camera in the house to see what happens in his absence. What he saw was shocking.
Tumuhirwe, a housemaid in Naalya in Kiwatule suburb, appears to be battering the baby with a hard object on the face. When the child starts vomiting, the video shows the maid throwing her heartlessly on the floor of the living room.
She then beats her with a hard object before standing on the baby’s back several times and the toddler groaned in pain on the floor.
Police said the motive of the assault had not yet been established but added that Tumuhirwe had worked for the couple’s home for only 26 days. The parents said the baby had been discharged from hospital and was improving.
“We took her to the hospital for medical checkup and she is ok. We will be returning to the hospital next week,” the girl’s mother only identified as Angela said by telephone.
Although it was earlier reported that the father had released the video there are now conflicting reports suggesting that it was actually a close friend of the family who leaked the video on social media recently.