Warning: Trying to access array offset on value of type bool in /usr/www/users/urnnet/a/story.php on line 43
Court Hands B13 Gangsters Death Sentence For Killing Police Officer :: Uganda Radionetwork
Breaking

Court Hands B13 Gangsters Death Sentence For Killing Police Officer

Top story
Delivering her judgment on Monday afternoon, Justice Mugenyi said the state had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the two planned and killed the officer despite their denials.
File Photo; Officers in shock after finding thier colleague murdered at Kasana Police Post in 2015
High court in Luweero has sentenced two members of the notorious Bad Boys 13 alias B13 gang to death by hanging. Justice Anna B. Mugenyi convicted the duo on Monday after finding them guilty of killing detective police constable, Geoffrey Bala and critically injuring Sergeant Sarah Achan.

The convicts are Eric Kirya and Ahamada Ssempala, both residents of Luweero town. The same court acquitted seven other members of the gang citing the failure by the state to adduce evidence pinning them on murder. They are Denis Ssebagala, Isma Mafabi, Francis Nsamba, Umar Sserugo, Jimmy Kafeero, Patrick Ssonko and William Katongole, all residents of Luweero town council.

During the hearing, the State Attorney, Christine Nakayiza told court that on April 1, 2015, the B13 gang members planned and raided Kasana Police post in Luweero town with machetes and stabbed the late Bala to death and left Achan critically injured. Sergeant Achan appeared in court and testified against the suspects.

She told court that she found Kirya stabbing Bala to death when she heard him crying for help and rushed to check what was happening. According to Achan, Ssempala turned on her and stabbed her leaving her unconscious thinking she was dead. Achan told Court that she knew Kirya before the incident because he had been arrested by Kikyusa Police Station where she was working from. 

The two pleaded not guilty to the charges and accused heir seven accomplices for planning the attack. Delivering her judgment on Monday afternoon, Justice Mugenyi said the state had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the two planned and killed the officer despite their denials. Mugenyi said although convicting suspects to death sentence is very rare, life imprisonment is inadequate for the convicts, saying they should be hanged over their gruesome act. 

On the pleas by the convicts for a lenient sentence on grounds that they had spent three and half years on remand and had young families to take care of, Justice Mugenyi said even their victim had a family, which is living in pain. She however, acquitted the remaining suspects, saying there was no evidence implicating them for participating in the attack or placing them at the scene of crime. 

She however, cautioned them against getting involved in crime after their acquittal. Kirya and Ssempala broke down in tears when the justice delivered her verdict. The acquitted suspects breathed a sigh of relief on hearing that they were set free. Kirya was wearing a striped shirt and green shorts while Ssempala was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans. The convicts are to be transferred to Luzira Maximum Prisons to face their sentence. Police has welcomed the court verdict.

Paul Kangave, the Savannah Region Police Spokesperson, says although Bala's life is irreplaceable the death sentence is appropriate for his killers. According to Kangave, the sentence will act as a deterrent to other would be criminals. Lameck Kigozi, who was the spokesperson of the region during the gruesome incident, says the attack was a huge blow to the families of the officers.

Kigozi who currently the Greater Masaka Region Police Spokesperson, says he is happy that Bala's family has finally got justice. Kigozi says the convicts deserved the punishment because they were habitual offenders. The suspects are believed to have stormed the police station to avenge the death of Katongole Ssemuyaba who was shot by police during a botched burglary in 2014.

Support us


Images 1

Keywords

Entities