British 'gay' accused appears in Ugandan court

2013-12-04 15:11
Briton Bernard Randall, 65, who is being charged with trafficking in obscene publications, attends a trial hearing which was postponed until December, in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

Briton Bernard Randall, 65, who is being charged with trafficking in obscene publications, attends a trial hearing which was postponed until December, in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Entebbe - A retired British man appeared in a Ugandan court on Wednesday on charges of "trafficking obscene publications" after police found private pictures of him having sex with another man.

However, the case was adjourned for a second time until 16 December.

Bernard Randall, 65, pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing in October to the charges, which were brought after his laptop was stolen and films on the computer were handed to a Ugandan tabloid newspaper.

Randall, who faces a two-year sentence if convicted, fears he will be deported from Uganda, and officials have refused to extend his visa to stay in the country.

Outside the courtroom, Randall confronted prominent anti-gay pastor Solomon Male, whom he accuses of supporting the two men alleged to have stolen the laptop and passed the images on to the newspaper.

But Male angrily shouted back at Randall.

"You come to Uganda and sodomise our boys? We can't allow that," he said.

A former computer systems expert in the finance industry who comes from Kent in southeast England, Randall first travelled to Uganda in 2011, shortly after his wife died just short of their 40-year wedding anniversary. He returned on holiday to Uganda in September.

Randall, who has two grown-up daughters, only came out as a homosexual after his wife's death.

In 2011, Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death at his home after a newspaper splashed photos, names and addresses of gays in Uganda on the front page along with a yellow banner reading "Hang Them".

Uganda has repeatedly cracked down on gay activists, and proposed legislation - stalled but still awaiting a hearing before parliament - that would see the death penalty imposed for certain homosexual acts if passed.

Read more on:    bernard randall  |  uganda  |  east africa  |  gay rights

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.