Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:12 pm
The 22 year-old Ugandan nanny, that made global headlines for the wrong reason, has been found guilty of of assaulting her employer’s child and faces up to five years in jail.
The nanny, 22-year-old Jolly Tumuhiirwe, pleaded guilty Friday to assault after prosecutors decided she had been erroneously charged with torture earlier this week.
Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a lawyer for Tumuhiirwe, said she will be sentenced on Monday and faces up to five years in jail.
The case against the nanny has received widespread attention in Uganda because of video footage that shows Tumuhiirwe beating, kicking and stomping on a toddler after the child vomits food she has been forced to eat.
In court, Tumuhiirwe apologized for her actions and alleged that she had been a victim of violence orchestrated by the child’s mother.
Tumuhiire was initially charged on 8 December with torture and judgement was scheduled for 12 December. But it was postponed till 16 December. The assault charge carries a penalty of five years in prison, whereas torture conviction, means a spell of 15 years in jail.
The girl’s parents, who had installed a hidden camera to film when they were at work, were shocked to see the footage showing the maid violently hurling their daughter to the floor.
Tumuhiirwe is seen apparently trying to force feed the child, before slapping her hard.
After the girl vomits, the maid throws her facedown on to a hard floor.
She then kicks the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back, and then drags her out of the room, apparently unconscious.
“Our baby was tortured in a way that was unimaginable,” Eric Kamanzi, 32, the father of the 18-month old girl, said last week
“As a family we are still traumatised, the baby is still traumatised.”
“My main concern is my baby girl, who was brutally beaten,” he added.