10 November 2012

Uganda: Two Teen Murder Suspects Remanded

Kampala — Two teenagers who are facing two separate counts of murder were midweek denied bail and sent back to remand, citing unsubstantial sureties and completion of police investigations.

Peter Baka, a 15-year-old resident of Lugoba zone, Kawempe division and Julius Wagaba, 17, a resident of Kiganda zone, Kawempe division were supposed to present two sureties each if court was to grant them bail.

However, the two had only three sureties including, Henry Kamuyanga who claimed to be a traditional healer.

State attorney, Fatinah Nakafeero who is leading prosecution blocked their bail claiming that the first surety's substantiality was questionable.

"Surety number one, Kamuyanga, has presented himself as a 52-year-old traditional healer and resident of Kiiza zone, Kawempe division yet he is not registered or licenced with any authoritative body or association," contested Nakafeero.

The accused [Baka and Wagaba] are facing charges of murder and another count of attempted murder which is still under police investigation.

Prosecution alleges that on the night of September 22 this year, the two attempted to strangle Thomas Batiwa, a special hire taxi driver with a rope at Natete, in the neighbourhood of Kampala.

The intention was to steal his car. However, he made an alarm and when the accused heard people coming, they fled.

The two were later picked from their respective homes by police following police investigations and taken to Natete police station.

They were initially remanded at Luzira Prison but were later transferred to Naguru remand home on instructions of Esther Nambayo, the presiding chief magistrate.

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