Tuesday, 21 May 2013


The Grade II magistrate court sitting in Kasese on Tuesday committed seven men to the High Court over alleged murder of a UPDF soldier.
State prosecutor Mike Mwanje produced committal papers before the Grade II Magistrate Stephen Saabu Kabbyanga saying investigations indicate that the suspects committed the crime.
Prosecution alleges that on October 2, 2012 while at Molem cell in Hima town council the suspects who include Happy Charles, Emmanuel Habimaana, Stephen Amanyire, Aramanthan Isingoma, David Kato, Benson Kagama and Yusuf Ragu killed Pte Ivan Mugenyi.
Pte Mugenyi was waylaid by a group of people as he and a colleague called Nishaba were returning to the 303 brigade headquarters in Kavera barracks from shaving their hair, the state adds.
It is alleged that the suspects arrested a day after the reported murder used stones, clubs and blows to kill the soldier for unclear reasons.
The prosecution says they will use the postmortem report on the deceased, the medical reports of the suspects and some of the clothes left behind by the suspects to pin them in the High Court.
Court however cancelled the bail for Stephen Amanyire and remanded him to Kitumba remand home because he is a juvenile that cannot be mixed with adults in Katojo prison.
The magistrate also issued arrest warrants for Emmanuel Habimaana who after being released on bail some time back has been absconding court sittings.
The Grade II magistrate did not allow the suspects to speak anything because their case is of capital nature and committed them to the High Court with immediate effect. END

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