Two of the three suspects accused of staging an armed robbery at Kashari Pump fuel station in Mbarara, claim they were tortured to confess to a crime they didn’t commit. The suspects appeared on Tuesday before the 2nd Division court Martial in Mbarara chaired by Col. Geoffrey Mujuni. They are Elias Twesigye and Henry Mumbata.
The other suspect is Lance Corporal James Turyatunga, a UPDF officer who is still at large. Court records show that on 15th Match, 2010, the trio stormed Kashari Pump fuel station, shot its manager and made robbed 39 million shillings. Court heard that the accused also reportedly shot Musa Matovu, the proprietor swift Safaris buses leading to his death.
Sergeant Alex Muharwe, the police detective who investigated the case said, the accused planned the robbery mission with the help of some staff at the pump station. Muharwe said the accused confessed to have committed the crime shortly after their arrest.
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However, during their cross examination Elias Twesigye and Henry Mumbata said sergeant Muharwe tortured and out them at gun point to confess to a crime they didn’t commit. The duo maintained their innonce saying they had nothing to do with the alleged crime. Col. Geoffrey Mujuni adjourned the case for further hearing.
He also defended the decision to court martial the suspects who are civilians saying they committed the crime together with a UPDF soldier using a gun.