Women and Justice: Court: High Court at Arua Holden at Adjumani

Domestic Case Law

Uganda v. Akute AKA Ouma High Court at Arua Holden at Adjumani (2008)

Sexual violence and rape

The 38-year-old female complainant identified the defendant as the soldier who slapped her, tore her hair and clothes, and threatened her with a gun before repeatedly raping her in his truck from approximately 8:00 PM until 5:00 AM the next morning.  The defendant denied her claims, but two soldiers stationed near the assault corroborated her statements.  The judge, citing the complainant's demeanor and experience as a mother, believed the her testimony about the assault despite the lack of medical evidence.  The judge sentenced the defendant to seven years imprisonment in addition to the year already served.