High Court Quashes Sentence and Conviction against Women Arrested for Defying Curfew


The Women’s Probono Initiative made an application for revision of sentence  on behalf of the Aciro Lily and 19 others.  The application highlighted the irregularities in the lower court’s proceedings as the record of proceeding did not reveal any record of the accused person admitting to any of the essential elements of the offence. Aciro Lily and 19 others were convicted and sentenced to three months imprisonment for disobeying lawful orders contrary to section 117 of the Penal Code Act.  The 20 were convicted for breaking curfew rules and among were vulnerable women who had left minors home. Justice J.W Kwesiga while quashing the conviction and sentence noted that the irregularities had caused a miscarriage of justice

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