Uganda: Ssebuufu Found Guilty of Murder

The proprietor of Pine Car Bond, Muhammad Ssebuufu has been found guilty of murdering Betty Donnah Katushabe, a business woman, over a Shs9 million debt.

Katushabe was tortured to death on October 23, 2015 over a car debt she could not readily pay to Ssebuufu.

Prosecution proved to court that was presided over by Justice Flavia Anglin Senoga, that Ssebuufu and his eight co-accused guilty of murder, aggravated robbery and kidnap.

Prosecution led by Mr Alex Ojok, a state prosecutor, placed the all the accused at the scene of crime.

Prosecution also proved that the convicts deceived Katusabe into believing that they would settle the debt matter at Pine Car Bond but when she went there, the convicts assaulted her with sticks, a panga and other objects leading to her death.

Katushabe bought a car from Pine Car bond at Shs13 million but she paid only Shs5 million leaving a balance of Shs9 million.

Ssebuufu and the other eight convicts had been jointly indicted with the former Kampala CPS DPC Aaron Baguma for Katushabe's kidnap and murder but at the beginning of the trial this year, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mike Chibita, without giving any reason to court, dropped charges against Mr Baguma and continued with the trial of Ssebuufu and the rest .

Justice Senoga cancelled Ssebuufu's bail which he secured in 2016, since he is no longer a suspect but a convict.

Murder and aggravated robbery offences attract a maximum penalty of death by hanging.

The group will be brought to court on July 4, for mitigation and sentencing.

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