Brian Kalinaki, the Assistant DPP asked court to give the convict a deterrent sentence to act as a lesson to the general public who would want to commit a similar offense, adding that court should not consider his plea of having responsibilities at home because he is not responsible.
Lira High Court has convicted a 30-year-old man for
murdering his father for 2,000 Shillings.
Salim Okello, a resident of Jinja Camp ‘A’ in Lira
City West Division was on Monday convicted on his own plea of guilt for
murdering his father Juma Ogwal. He was appearing before Hon. Justice Duncan
Gaswaga, the Lira High Court judged.
Okello asked the court to give him a lenient sentence
because he is a firstborn son in the family and that there is no one who can
take care of the family or even support him when he is in prison.
But Brian Kalinaki, the Assistant DPP asked the court to
give the convict a deterrent sentence to act as a lesson to the general public
who would want to commit a similar offense. Adding that court should not consider
his plea of having responsibilities at home because he is not responsible.
“My Lord the convict alleges that he has responsibilities
back at home but if you look at the circumstances under which the offense was
committed, he killed his father over 2,000 shillings yet
he is a young man who should have been taking care of his father. He cannot
convince court that he has responsibilities back at home so we pray for a
Meanwhile Herbert Walusimbi, the senior legal officer
at Law Development Center who stood in as a defense lawyer prayed to court to
consider the fact that the convict is a first time offender who has learnt a
lesson from prison while on remand and give him a custodial sentence of not
more than 15 years.
“It is true that when you look at the manner at which
the offense was committed is a real manifestation of family dispute. However,
the convict is remorseful and pleaded guilty to the offense without wasting
court’s time. He is still a young man and can learn from prison and become a
Justice Duncan Gaswaga further remanded
the convict until Thursday 17th March 2022, when he will appear
before the same court for sentencing.
Records from court shows that on 19th February
2021 while at Jinja Camp ‘A’ in Lira City West Division, the convict demanded
for 2,000 shillings from his father for buying food. However, when
the deceased refused to give him the money, an argument ensued between them leading
to a fight.
Okello, a wheelbarrow pusher in the City is said to
have picked a wooden chair which he used for hitting his father several times
before fleeing the scene, leaving the old man crying for help. The neighbors heard
the old man crying and rescued him and took him to a nearby clinic.
The deceased died the next morning from blunt force abdominal
trauma consistent with abdominal injuries. Okello was then arrested, charged
with the murder and remanded.