A woman who appeared in a recent viral video brutally assaulting her son has been sentenced to two years in prison.
In the clip that surfaced online on March 10, 2021, Patience Uwimana, 23, was seen caning her son with a stick while laying on the ground, before kicking him on the chest and stepping on his head, at her Byuma Village home in Lwengo District, Uganda.
Appearing before the Masaka Grade One Magistrate Christine Nantege, the mother of two was slapped with the jail term after pleading guilty of assault, an offence committed on February 8, 2021.
State prosecutor Natal Angwadya had urged the magistrate to offer Uwimana a tough sentence, citing that she was an ex-convict of attempted murder charges at the Kisoro Prison.
In his plea, Angwadya said that Uwimana did not show any remorse in the case of child abuse against her.
“Your worship, the act done by this woman is unforgivable. There is a need for this honorable court to send a clear message to the community that torturing innocent children is felonious,” Angwadya said.
The defendant, Uwimana however pleaded for a lenient sentence, citing that she had acted out of anger, folowing negative remarks about her son from her neighbours.
“Your worship, my neighbors used to attack me, saying that I gave birth to a thief because he would allegedly steal everything he came across. I ask for forgiveness because I over reacted out of anger basing on what my neighbors reported to me,” Uwimana pleaded.
In her ruling, Justice Nantege noted that the prosecutor had failed to prove that Uwimana had a criminal record, let alone charged with attempted murder.
On the other hand, she affirmed that Umimana “had a duty to protect her son from any harm and injury.”
“The state has failed to prove that you [Uwimana] have ever committed any other offence and therefore, there is nothing to show that you have a criminal record. Assault has a maximum punishment of five years but because of your plea of guilt, I sentence you to two years in prison,” read her ruling.
The court also ruled that Uwimana had the right to an appeal within 14 days.