Mother of three-year-old jailed after UK's first ‘barbaric’ FGM conviction

Submitted by  testing at 8 March 2019 in  News

A mother has been jailed after becoming the first person to be convicted of “barbaric” female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK. The 37-year-old Ugandan woman was found guilty of cutting her three-year-old daughter despite deploying witchcraft to “shut up” her accusers. Her former partner, a 43-year-old Ghanaian, was cleared of involvement in the offence in August 2017. On Friday – International Women’s Day – the mother, from Walthamstow, east London, was sentenced to 11 years for FGM, plus two further years for indecent images and extreme pornography. Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC told the court the young victim had recovered well, but she was likely to have reduced sexual sensation in the future and long-term psychological damage.

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