Bernhard Glaser, the suspected German paedophile and director of Berry’s Place and Ssese Humanitarian Service, an NGO located in Mwena landing site in Kalangala town council has opted for plea bargaining.
Glaser is battling 8 charges of defilement and trafficking young girls in Kalangala district. He was picked up in March this year and arraigned before Masaka High court in April.
The 66-year-old in April pleaded not guilty to the charges. But Glaser has now opted for plea bargaining through his lawyer, Evans Ochieng. Under plea bargaining, the suspect pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a lenient sentence.
In a letter to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) sent out on Friday, Glaser’s lawyer note that “what is clear is that a full trial of this case will visit far reaching grave consequences on many individuals including public officials/offices, the community in Kalangala, our client and the children involved. The long suffering individuals involved in this case need not to be taken through the rigors of a full adversarial public trial.”
The lawyers plead with DPP to amend the indictment to an agreeable and lesser offense, adding that their client is ready to plead guilty and be deported.
Both Ochieng and DPP confirmed to URN about the move. The two parties however declined to divulge details in the matter. Glaser is currently on remand in Luzira prison.
According to their website, Bery’s Place & Ssese Humanitarian Services has been providing youth-friendly services since 2006 - offering training and mentorship to young people and educators in Kalangala.
Ironically, the centre, above all claims to be a "home for physically, sexually or emotionally abused girls in need of shelter, care, warmth and proper parenting as well as a wide array of professional services."