A father named Hassan Kafudde was sentenced to 52 years in prison by High Court Judge, Justice David Batema on Tuesday for the murder of his son. The incident involved a ritual murder in Musita village in Mayuge District, Uganda, where Kafudde sacrificed his son in the belief that it would bring him wealth.
Additionally, there were accomplices involved, with one of them, Issa Muyita, pleading guilty and receiving a 25-year prison sentence after entering a plea bargain. The trial proceeded against Kafudde and another individual, Kabaale Mubaraka, who pleaded not guilty. Mubaraka was found guilty of being an accessory to the crime.
During the trial, it was revealed that Mubaraka was a witch doctor who had knowledge of the crime. Kafudde was convicted of the ritual murder, while Mubaraka received a 3-year prison sentence but was set free as he had been in remand for six years.
The court emphasized the severity of such crimes, condemning the ritual sacrifice of children and dealing in body parts. Kafudde’s lack of remorse led to his lengthy sentence, including the time he spent in remand.
The judgment was welcomed as a landmark decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions spokesperson, Jacqueline Okui, who stressed the importance of protecting children’s rights and deterring others from engaging in such criminal acts. The investigation and prosecution of the case involved several legal authorities.