A 16-year-old student in Bududa District, Uganda, was waylaid and attacked by a machete-wielding man who cut off her hand after she resisted his attempt to rape her.
Evelyn Namasopo told Mbale Chief Magistrate, Mr James Mawanda, during a session at Bubulo Magistrate’s Court in Manafwa District on Wednesday, April 7, that the 25-year-old suspect Derrick Kuloba, attacked her near a forest on her way home to pick beddings and food for her sick mother who had been admitted.
He (Kuloba) started ordering me to undress and when I refused he pulled out a machete and started cutting me.
He wanted to cut my head but I tried to guard it with my right hand,” she told the court during the hearing of a case in which Kuloba is accused of attempted murder.
Evelyn said she made an alarm hoping to get help but in vain, adding that she’s still experiencing a lot of pain, she also accused the police and Mbale Court of trying to frustrate her case because Kuloba was released under unclear circumstances a few days after his arrest.
The prosecution told the court that Kuloba, a resident of Nabooti Village, Nakatsi Sub-County in Bududa District, on July 4, 2020, armed with a machete, waylaid the victim and attacked her before chopping off her right hand in a botched rape
The girl also sustained several injuries on other parts of the body. The prosecution presented three witnesses; the victim, her cousin and uncle.
In her testimony, the girl further asked the court to give Kuloba a harsh punishment.
The case was adjourned to April 8, 2021, when the Prosecution is expected to present more witnesses in court.