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Ssebuwufu jailed for 90 years over Katusabe murder

Muhammed Ssebuwufu

Muhammed Ssebuwufu

Justice Flavia Anglin Ssenoga sentenced Muhammed Ssebuwufu, the proprietor Pine car bond to jail for 40 years for the murder of Betty Donah Katusabe.

Also sentenced are six others; Godfrey Kayiza, Phillip Mirambe, Paul Tasingika, Yoweri Kitayimba, Shaban Otuddu and Damaseni Ssentongo.   
In her sentence, Justice Ssenoga handed the convicts 40 years for murder, 20 years for aggravated robbery and 30 years for kidnapping Katusabe with intentions of murdering her. She said the sentences will run concurrently. Justice Ssenoga on other hand sentenced Stephen Lwanga to seven years in jail for being an accessory to the offenses. 

She also directed the convicts to compensate Katusabe's family Shs 100 million for the offense of aggravated robbery. Justice Ssenoga noted that she decided to hand the convicts these sentences since they committed the offenses with impunity, adding that it would deter other would be offenders from committing similar crimes. 

In his submission, the assistant director of public prosecutions, Alex Michael Ojok asked court to give the convicts the maximum sentence of death. He explained that the convicts went through a full trial, which cost the state huge resources. The convicts' lawyers, Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng asked court to hand them a lighter sentence because they are first-time offenders. They argued that the convicts are young men between 30 and 46 years with families to look after.

"The purpose of the sentence is to offer the convict an opportunity to reform. The death sentence is not justifiable in the circumstances of this case", Ochieng told court. 

The defense lawyers also asked the judge to look at the sentence handed over to the convicts involved in the 2010 Kampala twin bombing arguing that many people died but nevertheless, the trial justices led by the deputy chief justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo handed them a lighter sentence.  

The suspects shed tears while pleading with court to release them. Details of the case are that on October 21, 2015, the convicts kidnapped Katusabe from her home in Bwebajja along Entebbe road and drove her to Pine car bond along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala where they used sharp objects like pangas and sticks to torture her to death.

Katusabe had reportedly failed to pay balance of Shs 9 million for a vehicle she bought from Sebuwufu's bond valued at Shs 17 million. The convicts also reportedly robbed Katusabe of her simcards and the mobile phone worth Shs, 300,000.  

The prosecution presented 26 witnesses including police officers, lawyers and pathologists who adduced evidence that linked the convicts to Katusabe’s murder. The convicts had jointly been charged with the former Central Police Commander, Aaron Baguma whose was later dropped from the case by the DPP without clear reasons.

Comments

0 #11 kabayekka 2019-07-02 12:59
This sort of NRM judicial process should warn the Ganda people to be more careful especially with the money they are being offered to cut their brothers heads off in this country!

For in this world, those who aim too high, the fall can be fatal indeed. Bwoba ogoba essajja, olekangamu emisinde egikuzza awaka.
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0 #12 Phalanch 2019-07-02 13:48
''Ssebuwufu'' jailed for 90 years ove r'' Katusabe ''murder '',

Well is short, that's life. However where is ''kanyamunyo'' for the cold blood muder of ''Okot'' ?

''Justice'' ??? In the eyes and hands of a man but NOT as gov't institution . This is what dictatorship brings about and alot more .
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0 #13 Lakwena 2019-07-02 16:27
Quoting Ugthinker:
One wonders whether selective justice is justice at all!

The reason why why we are where we are as a country is the fact that amongst us are those positioned above the law.

Until Ugandans address this anomaly, any celebrations are misplaced.


Ugthinker, why e.g., after shooting dead, a car vandal in the Kampala Parents School Parking Lot; and also stealing a handkerchief and a Bic pen; to date, Ofwono Opondo has never set foot in any court?

In other words, OO was neither a policeman, a UPDF officer, nor the car vandalized was his.
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0 #14 Mubiru 2019-07-02 16:38
A senior police man - Baguma- who featured prominently with Sebuwufu and the convicted criminals in the death of an innocent Tushabe is " untouchable" like his former boss Kahihura, the two condom users in this case.

The condoms are now discarded in prison, job well done. The hon. judge can't be accused of selective justice because it is not in the courts' powers to bring suspects to justice but the police and the prosecution departments. May Tushabe rest in peace.
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0 #15 Sabiti 2019-07-02 21:29
They got off lightly. They should have been sentenced to death.
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0 #16 kabayekka 2019-07-03 11:50
Sabiti one reckons you are a supporter of NRM. NRM does not commit the death penalty these days.

Because its own people would be the first and in greater numbers to go to the gallows!
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