Mother and Son Sentenced to 66 Years for Murder

A Masaka court has sentence a mother and son to 66 years for conspiring to kill the woman\'s father over a land dispute.
Masaka High Court has sentenced a mother and son to 66 years for murder.


The convicts are Joyce Nakato (39) and Twibu Ssenteza (22), both residents of Lwamatengo village, Lwemiyaga Sub County, Sembabule district.


The mother and son were convicted of killing John Edwards Bukenya. Bukenya was Nakato's father and Ssenteza's grandfather.


Prosecution led by Peter Mugisha told court that on 29th June 2009 at around 9 pm, Nakato and her son Ssenteza ambushed Bukenya who was on his way home. Bukenya was retiring from his shop in Kihimba trading centre.


Bukneya was discovered by his son Elijah Ssenjobe lying in a pool of blood in the morning. He was already dead.


Prosecution recalled how Nakato had developed a misunderstanding with her father over land. Nakato had several times approached the area chairperson Patrick Ssenkoli urging him to convince her father to gift her more land. Nakato was reportedly dissatisfied with the size of land her father had given her.


Mugisha said the quarrel between the father and daughter became so heated over time that Nakato was heard to issue threats to her father's life.


Mugisha appealed for a severe penalty because the deceased had tried over time to reconcile his family. Bukenya had gone as far as to build a house for his grandson where he settled him with his wife and family.

However the defence lawyer Edward Kikirengoma said the mother and son had repented their action. He also said court should consider the fact that the two had spent four years and five months on remand.


Justice Oguli agreed with the prosecution that the two had been heartless in killing Bukenya. She noted that Bukenya had tried to provide for his family but this only spurred them to more greed.


She said she was sentencing Ssentenza to 40 years to serve as a lesson. Nakato was sentenced to 26 years because she has twins who still need a mother's care.