Mbatudde v. Uganda

The victim died from concentrated sulfuric acid burns covering over 60% of his body.  On the night of his death, the deceased’s female partner, the appellant, and baby spent the night with him.  On the night of the attack, his landlords heard screaming coming from the apartment.  When they arrived, they saw the victim, who said he did not know who attacked him, and the Appellant, who did not appear to have any burns.  The appellant argued that she did not commit the attack and that they both had been attacked by a third party, possibly a former partner of the appellant.  On appeal, she argued that the trial court had improperly convicted her solely based on circumstantial evidence and that the death sentence should be mitigated.  The Court of Appeal rejected these arguments and upheld the conviction and sentence because of the particularly heinous nature of acid attacks.

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