The Ugandan maid who sparked anger online after video of her stomping on a toddler went viral has reportedly been sentenced to four years behind bars.
According to reports, 22-year-old Jolly Tumuhirwe faced a court and was told that she would spend the next four years in jail for the “unjustifiable and inexcusable” crime. Video footage of the senseless beating surfaced online and sparked outrage among users. The 18-month-old toddler’s father reportedly set up hidden video cameras in their home after discovering bruises on his young daughter, and upon seeing the footage of the child being beaten, he violently confronted Tumuhirwe.
When the girl’s father Eric Kamanzi confronted the nanny about the footage, he reportedly “beat her to a pulp” in retaliation for what she did to his young daughter. Following the beating, Tumuhirwe reported the assault to police and Kamanzi was arrested following a confession. When he showed the hidden camera footage of Tumuhirwe beating his daughter to police, however, the charges against him were dropped.
Now, after court proceedings, Tumuhirwe has been found guilty and sentenced to four years behind bars for the vicious beating of the child.
“It's not for us to decide the punishment for what she committed,” said Kamanzi following the sentencing. “We hope this has set an example for other maids out there, that you can't just go to someone's house and torture their baby and expect to walk out.”
Tumuhirwe had reportedly been working for the Kamanzi family for three months when she was caught on camera beating the little girl.