WARNING: Graphic content. The Ugandan nanny who was caught on surveillance camera kicking and stomping on the 18-month-old child she was caring for when the little girl got sick while having dinner has pleaded guilty to torture. Jolly Tumuhirwe can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and faces a fine of roughly $400.
The 22-year-old nanny was caught after Erick Kamanzi discovered bruises on his daughter Aneela. Instead of confronting the woman, he reviewed the video from the security cameras installed in his home and saw as Tumuhirwe dragged his little daughter on to the floor before attacking her, kicking and stomping on the toddler.
Kamanzi then beat Tumuhirwe “to a pulp” and was arrested after she reported the assault to the police. Kamanzi admitted he had attacked her, but after he showed the police the surveillance footage of the assault on Aneela, the charges against him were dropped.
Tumuhirwe, who had been working at the Kamanzi family for three months prior to the incident, was then charged under the country’s Anti-torture Act and has appeared in the Nakawa Court. According to the BBC, Mr. Kamanzi broke down when Tumuhirwe told the court that she was sorry for what she had done and begged for forgiveness.
Tumuhirwe was reportedly not represented by a lawyer in court, despite the fact that one of the country’s leading advocates offered his services. The magistrate denied the request on the grounds that the lawyer had not formally notified the court. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The assault happened after the child, seen being shoved off the couch in her family home in Uganda, was sick while being fed a meal by her nanny, Jolly Tumuhirwe.
2. Tumuhirwe, 22, is seen standing on Aneela’s back, applying all of her weight.
3. Armed with a wooden object the woman is seen repeatedly striking Aneela who lies face down on the floor.
4. Taking a run up, Tumuhirwe kicks the girl directly in the ribs, sending her sliding across the floor.
The police had released a statement saying that the charge of torture would be amended to attempted murder, but the Ugandan directorate of public prosecutions was quoted stating that the charge remained torture under the Anti-Torture Act.
The prosecution asked the court for an adjournment of two days so that they could gather more facts on the case.
The case will return to court on Wednesday when the magistrate is expected to make his final ruling and sentence Tumuhirwe.
The girl is alive and reportedly is recovering from her injuries.
5. Aneela can be seen a good few feet from where she lay before her nanny kicked her in the side.
6. Erick Kamanzi, left, was arrested for assaulting the nanny after discovering security footage of her attacking his daughter Aneela, right, but police later dropped the charges against him after he showed them the tape.
And here is the video:
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