Kampala, 20th November 2013;
Vision Group journalist pins school teacher of assault at the commencement of the hearing.
The hearing of a case in which a Vision Group Journalist, Mathias Ssebwato Kavubu was allegedly assaultted by Ataremwa Justus, a teacher at Old Kampala Secondary School commenced on 18th November 2013 at the Law Development Centre Court, with the complainant Ssebwato giving his evidence.
“In the process of filming, two people, a woman and a man I later identified as Ataremwa Justus, suddenly turned up and the woman grabbed my camera and the accused beat me twice and then subsequently, other people joined him in beating me until I became unconscious.” Sebwato testified in Court.
Prosecution led by Agoola Betty alleges that on 17th October 2012, Sebwato, a freelance journalist working with Bukedde television had gone to Old Kampala Secondary School to interview a senior four(4) student who had allegedly been denied permission to sit her UCE exams under unclear circumstances. He successfully interviewed the girls’ parents but when he attempted to interview the student, the accused together with others pounced on him and started beating him up, before he was locked up in a room form where he was rescued by Old Kampala police. He says that he sustained body injuries and his video camera damaged.
The trial Magistrate, Lagara Micheal stood over the matter twice earlier in the day pending the production of a valid practicing certificate by the defense lawyer, Namulondo Diana.
During cross-examination, Namulondo stressed that the complainant had trespassed on the school but was advised by the trial magistrate to address herself to assault, which was the matter before Court and not criminal trespass.
The case was adjourned to 3rd December 2013 for further hearing. The trial magistrate however encouraged the two parties to consider reconciliation.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda is pleased that the hearing of this case has finally commenced and we are hopeful that justice will be dispensed expeditiously.
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