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Ugandan maid convicted of torturing child released from prison

Uganda's New Vision has tweeted that a maid, Jolly Tumuhirwe, who was convicted in December 2014 of torture for beating up a toddler has been released. 

A recording of her acts went viral in East Africa and sparked outrage.

The human rights lawyer who represented her, Ladislaus Rwakafuzi, told the BBC that while he was not present at her release he had been aware that she would set free today. 

Mr Rwakafuzi said he has spoken to her 10 days ago. 

He said she was sorry for what she had done to the toddler. 

He also said that Tumuhirwe had told him that she received counselling while in prison. 

According to him, while on the one hand she wanted to personally say sorry to the parents of the toddler, she thought that they would not forgive her.

Mr Rwakufuzi said that the former maid planned to "lie low" up country, away from the city, for a long while.


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