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Court Dismisses 14 Criminal Cases in Kasese over Lack of Witnesses

The cases were dismissed by Fort Portal High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene during a two-week high court criminal session.

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The High Court in Kasese has dismissed fourteen criminal cases due to lack of witnesses.

They include ten cases of aggravated defilement, two rape cases and two cases of aggravated robbery.

The cases were dismissed by Fort Portal High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene during a two-week high court criminal session.

The decision was arrived at after Resident State Attorney Filbert Murungi failed to produce witnesses to testify against the accused persons.

Although Murungi had sought for an adjournment to enable him produce witnesses in the next session, defense counsel Chan Masereka and Luke Kanyonyi argued that most of the cases had already been adjourned three times an indication that prosecution does not have any evidence pinning the accused.

Justice Masalu Musene concurred with defense counsel and discontinued prosecution.

He said that most of the offenses had been committed in 2016 and 2017 and it is in the interest of justice that they are granted their freedom if prosecution has failed to prove its case against the accused.

He however accused prosecution and police for doing vague investigations and or failing to trace down the witnesses so that they testify in court for cases to be heard to logical conclusions.

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But Murungi said the bigger challenge arises from the community where members from the victim’s family connive with member’s from the accused family to frustrate the court cases.

Murungi said this is common with defilement cases where the family of the accused compromises the family of the victim.

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Murungi appealed to residents of Kasese to always work with courts of law so as to bring to justice offenders of the law.

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