Ritual sacrifice: Court orders herbalist to defend himself

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KAMPALA. Court has ordered a suspected witchdoctor to defend himself over allegations of kidnapping and subjecting a one-year-old toddler to body mutilation in 2008.
High Court Judge John Keitirima ruled that prosecution presented sufficient evidence to warrant Mr Stephen Wasswa to defend himself.
“According to the available evidence presented, this court finds that the accused person has a case to answer,” the judge said.
Wasswa, 61, is on remand over accusations of kidnap with intent to murder, an offence which attract maximum sentence of death upon conviction.
The court ruling came after five prosecution witnesses including a police investigator Vincent Twebaze testified in the eight-year-old case.
Others are Regina Nakato the child’s mother, Stephen Semabtya (father), Stephen Kiweesi and Anges Nankya who rescued the girl, Resty Nakirijja from a bush while in a sack.
Mr Twebaze who was formerly attached to Rakai District testified that upon arrest, Wasswa was identified by Ms Nankya as a person who intimidated and harassed her for rescuing the girl from the bush where they had dumped her.
Ms Nankya told court that she found the girl tied in the sack with body parts mutilated including part of her tongue, teeth and the private parts.
Mr Sembatya testified that at the age of 1 and half years, Nakirijja (now 10 years) kidnapped and confined in a shrine where she her body parts were mutilated. He also revealed that the disappearance of his daughter followed a dispute with Wasswa and his deceased twin brother Kato.
Court heard that Kato was killed by the mob in Rakai in 2008 after recovery of the girl from the road side.

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