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Musanze medical practitioner handed 25-year jail term over defilement

By IGIHE
On 29 juillet 2022 at 10:00

Musanze Intermediate Court has sentenced a medical practitioner identified as Jean de Dieu Maniriho after he was found guilty of defiling Emelance Iradukunda, a 17-year old girl.

The ruling was read on Thursday 28th July 2022.

It is said that Iradukunda went missing in November 2020. Her body was found later in a beans’ farmland in Gacaca Sector where her legs, arms and neck were tied with a rope.

During trial proceedings, Maniriho faced charges including defilement, murder and attempt to perform abortion on Iradukunda in November 2020.

The court acquitted him on the charge of attempt to perform illegal abortion and murder crime noting that the Prosecution lacked enough evidences.

During trial in substance on 8th March 2022, the Prosecution requested life sentence for Maniriho.

The Prosecution alleged that Maniriho admitted to the crimes of murder and attempt to perform abortion during interrogation but denied the charges as the trial began.

It also accused Maniriho of intentional murder explaining that his house was searched where investigators found a rope similar to the one that the girl’s body was tied with in a beans’ farmland on 2nd November 2020.

They also discovered a mat at his home stained with blood and a hammer triggering suspicion that the girl was killed.

As per report from Rwanda Forensic Laboratory, the tested blood from the mat showed that the sample contained Maniriho and Iradukunda’s DNA information.

The doctor who carried out the tests was summoned in court to present a detailed report which informed the court’s decision.

Maniriho had been arrested on 9th November 2020.


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