RPA 00160/2016/HC/KIG

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THE HIGH COURT, AT ITS HEADQUARTERS, HEARING CRIMINAL CASES ON
APPEAL, DECIDES ON CASE RPA 00160/2016 / HC / KIG ON 30/5/2016 AS
FOLLOWS:

PARTIES:
THE PROSECUTION
DEFENDANT (APPELLANT): BYIRINGIRO Jean Claude, son of NKUNDIZERA and
MUKASHYAKA, born in 1996, resident of Runyonza Village-Kamashashi CellNyarugunga Sector-Kicuriro District-Kigali City

OFFENCE: Defiling an eight-year-old child, an offense provided for and punishable by
Article 191 of Organic Law No. 01/2012 / of 02/05/2012 establishing the Penal Code;

SUBJECT: Appeal against the judgment of the Nyarugenge High Court in case RP
0641/15 / TGI / NYGE.

I. FACTS AND PROCEDURE
1. The Prosecution seized the Nyarugenge High Court accusing BYIRINGIRO Jean
Claude of child defilement. The Court considered submissions of both parties, convicted
him of child defilement and sentenced him to fifteen (15) years of imprisonment;
2. BYIRINGIRO Jean Claude was unhappy with the decision and appealed to the High
Court, arguing that he had been convicted of child defilement but had not committed the
offence, that his conviction was based on his confession to the prosecution and that he
had explained to the High Court how his confession was obtained under duress because
some young men went to him home, beat him and ordered him to confess to the crime,
telling him they will throw him in the toilet if he does not confess, but the Court rejected
this defense;
3. The Prosecution argues that this ground of appeal is unfounded, and request that the
judgment under appeal remains unchanged;

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