High Court Sets Free HIV+ Nurse Accused Of Injecting Infant With HIV Blood

The high court in Kampala has set free Rose Mary Namubiru, the nurse that had been convicted for attempting to infect an infant with HIV blood.

Rosemary Namubiru in Court before she was sentenced to 3 yrs. Photo/ Nicholas Kajoba

Rosemary Namubiru in Court before she was sentenced to 3 yrs. Photo/ Nicholas Kajoba

The High Court in Kampala set free the nurse Friday morning. The High Court Judge Albert Rugadya Atwoki made the ruling on grounds that the nurse has spent enough time in jail.

 

Namubiru was sentenced to three years in jail in January for criminal negligence after she pricked herself with a needle before injecting a child.

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The 64-year-old nurse was convicted for using a intravenous needle on the child after pricking herself – a decision slammed as ‘deeply flawed’ by HIV/AIDS campaigners.

 

Throughout her trial, the nurse has maintained she was not acting in malice and the incident was an accident. Two tests have shown the child was not infected with HIV.