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Suspected German paedophile committed to High court

Bernhard Glaser Berry in the dock

Bernhard Glaser Berry in the dock

Kalangala based suspected paedophile, Bernhard Glaser Berry has been committed to the High court to face charges of defilement and child trafficking. 

Glaser, on Tuesday appeared before Masaka chief magistrate Deogratius Ssejemba where 28 counts were read to him. Glaser, the director of Ssese Humanitarian Service, an NGO located in Mwena landing site in Kalangala district is facing 8 charges of aggravated defilement and 19 counts of aggravated child trafficking.

Records before court indicate that between 2007 and in November 2013 at Mwena landing site in Kalangala district, Glaser abused the power and authority he had over the minors that were under his care and sexually assaulted them.

Masaka regional state attorney Aisha Naluze told court that investigations into the matter are complete asking court to commit Glaser to High court so that hearing of the case can start.

“Your worship inquiries into this case are complete and we pray that he (Glaser) is committed to High court so that trial can kick off,” she said.

Ssejemba told Glaser that he was free to stay quiet since the charges he is facing are supposed to be handled by the High court and it’s until then that he can enter his plea.

“You’re hereby committed to the High court and the committal papers are ready, and you will not have to come back to this court, the documents with a summary of the evidence that will be used against you are attached and it will be shared to your defence lawyers.” he added.

Glaser who appeared calm and composed while in the dock was clad in a strip shirt and often smiled when the charges were being read to him. Recently police raided Glaser’s Kalangala based home on claims that he was using the young children for sex tourism while teaching them reflexology. Glaser was sent back to prison as he waits for hearing of the case on a date that will be set by the High court in Masaka.  

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