A Uganda People’s Defense Forces – UPDF soldier accused of
shooting and killing three civilians in Gulu town on February 10, has pleaded
not guilty to the offence.
Lance Corporal Godfrey Okello Oneka, RA 213734 denied the
charges while appearing before the Division Court Martial sitting at the 4th
UPDF Division Barracks in Bardege Division, Gulu Municipality.
The court chaired by Col. Geoffrey Nambafu heard that the accused gunned down Beatrice Ajok, 52, and
her two sons; Dan Joachim Binyang, 18, and Owen Norman, 20 and injured an
Col Geoffrey Nambafu read the statement of offence to the accused following
a fracas that happened in Vanguard Sub Ward, Pece Division.
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Col Nambafu, further asked the accused before the court if had shot and killed
the trio but Okello denied any knowledge and involvement in the act.
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Several witnesses including
juveniles have been lined up by the 4th Division Court Martial Prosecutor
Lt. Eric Debuer Akandwanira to testify against the suspect. The accused is
being represented by Captain Augustine Tumwebaze.
Okello reportedly had
a misunderstanding with Ajok's family, which he accused of grazing goats on his
land. Although the matter had been mediated and resolved by Pece Division authorities,
the outcome of the process reportedly irked Okello resulting in vengeance.