The Kanungu Grade I Magistrates Court on Thursday charged and remanded a 28-year-old man over sodomizing a student.
The court that was presided over by the Kanungu Grade I Magistrate, His Worship Mukobi Asanasio, charged Akim Kamugisha with four counts of aggravated trafficking in persons, trafficking in persons, Rape, and attempted Rape.
The Court heard from the prosecution that Akim Kamugisha, Rutwe cell, Kanungu District, committed the crimes. The court was told that Kamugisha befriended Nahabwe Travor, a student, and took him to a bar, where he bought him three bottles of Guinness. After consuming alcohol, they went to the suspect’s home, where Nahabwe was forcibly sodomized while the suspect recorded a video clip of the act. He threatened Nahabwe, warning him not to disclose the incident to anyone, including his parents or the media. He even threatened to harm Nahabwe if he dared to reveal the truth.
The Prosecution was also told that the suspect lured another person, identified as Iragaba Brendan, a 20-year-old resident of the same area, into a similar situation. The suspect claimed to have secured a job for Brendan at Amber Heart of Great Singer Baby Cool. The suspect provided Brendan with $50,000 for transport, supposedly to travel to Amber Heart. However, when Brendan went to meet the suspect at his home, he found himself in a dangerous situation as the suspect attempted to forcefully sodomize him. Fortunately, Brendan managed to escape the ordeal and later discovered that Nahabwe had also been a victim of the same suspect. Shocked and concerned, Brendan confronted Nahabwe about his association with the suspect, only to learn about the traumatic experiences Nahabwe had endured.
He was not allowed to plead guilty as the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case as it’s a capital offense that can only be heard by the High Court. He was then remanded to Kanungu Prison until August 17, 2023, when the case will come up for mention.