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Man in Kasese Jailed 17 Years for Manslaughter

Eric Sunday Nyamutale alias Aganaga, a resident of Kasanga in Bwera Sub county is accused of causing the death of Blasio Mbusa a resident of the same area. High Court sitting at Rukoki in Kasese Municipality on Thursday heard that Nyamutale who was a bodaboda rider at Kasanga bodaboda stage fought with Mbusa over a passenger on September 13, 2017. Nyamutale fought with the deceased twice before they were separated by a one Harriet Masika.
A 36-year-old man in Kasese has been sentenced to 17 years in prison over manslaughter.

Eric Sunday Nyamutale alias Aganaga, a resident of Kasanga in Bwera Sub-county is accused of causing the death of Blasio Mbusa a resident of the same area.

High Court sitting at Rukoki in Kasese Municipality on Thursday heard that Nyamutale who was a Boda Boda rider at Kasanga fought with Mbusa over a passenger on September 13, 2017.

Nyamutale fought with the deceased twice before they were separated by Harriet Masika.

Prosecution led by Andrew Kashaija the Resident State Attorney said shortly after the fight, Mbusa started feeling severe pain that it even became difficult for him to ride his motorcycle only to be taken home by a friend.

Mbusa’s conditioned worsened and was rushed to Kasanga Health Centre III where he breathed his last the following day in the morning.

A medical report submitted before Justice Wilson Masalu Musene indicated that Mbusa succumbed to shock because of a ruptured kidney. The deceased's kidney allegedly got raptured because of the fight he had with the accused.

 

Nyamutale was initially charged with murder but his lawyer Chan Masereka sought an amendment from a murder charge to manslaughter which the accused pleaded guilty to.

He then sought a lighter custodial sentence of five years on grounds that he is a father with a family to take care of and is also a distant relative of the deceased making him equally remorseful.

But prosecution said that since the deceased also had a family to cater for, the accused should be given a serious punishment so as to act as a deterrent measure to the other people.

Justice Musene concurred with prosecution that there is need for a severe punishment so as to discourage people from engaging in senseless fights which sometimes lead to loss of life.

 Musene slapped Nyamutale with a seventeen-year jail term inclusive of the two years he has spent on remand.                    

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