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Trader Gets 35-Year-Jail Term for Killing Wife

Prosecution led by Kabale State Attorney, Gloria Inzikuru, told court that on July 29th 2012, while at Kabahangaara cell in Karubanda ward in Southern division of Kabale municipality, Twinomuhangi murdered Asasira in contravention of section 188/189 of the penal code act.
Dominic Twinomuhangi, the former Chairperson of Mwanjari Market Trader's Association has earned himself a 35-year-jail term for murdering his wife.

He was convicted on Monday by Justice Kabale High Court Judge, Moses Kawumi Kazibwe who found him guilty of murdering, Rose Asasira, a former teacher at Makanga primary school in Kabale district.

Prosecution led by Kabale State Attorney, Gloria Inzikuru, told court that on July 29th 2012, while at Kabahangaara cell in Karubanda ward in Southern division of Kabale municipality, Twinomuhangi murdered Asasira in contravention of section 188/189 of the penal code act.

Section of 188 provides that any person who of malice aforethought causes the death of another person by an unlawful act or omission commits murder while 189 provides that any person convicted of murder shall be sentenced to death. She asked court to give the accused the maximum death sentence to deter other would be offenders arguing that murders resulting from domestic violence are on the rise in Kigezi region.

Twinomuhangi, who pleaded guilty to the charge, prayed for a lighter sentence, saying he was remorseful and grounds of ill health.  He told court that he suffers paralysis, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers and asthma.

In his judgment, Justice Kazibwe noted that prosecution produced eight witnesses who implicated Twinomuhangi for the murder. He then convicted Twinomuhangi to 35 years in jail, but said he will serve 30 years since he is remorseful and ill and the fact that he has spent 5 years on remand.

Andrew Basensa, the acting chairperson Uganda National Teachers Union- Kabale branch has welcomed the judgment, saying Twinomuhangi committed a big crime by shedding blood.  Basensa also says that the judgment will stop other members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands.

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