3 Children Killed In Fight for NRM T – Shirts at Museveni Rally

Museveni campaigning in Rakai on Thursday

Court of Appeal has reduced the death sentence which was awarded to former Mukono DPC James Peter Aurien by Mukono High court judge Lawrence Gidudu after convicting him of murdering his wife Christine Apolot.

The Court this afternoon trimmed this sentence to forty years imprisonment.

The former police officer who is said to have used his pistol to shoot his wife in the eye, generic through his lawyer Dalton Oponya successfully challenged the maximum sentence.

Aurien allegedly shot his wife after suspecting that she was having an outside affair. Defense argued but could not prove that the deceased shot herself.

In the judgment of the Court of Appeal judges read by Justice Remmy Kasule ruled that it was unfair for the trial judge to sentence the appellant to the maximum sentence of death without considering the
mitigating factors that were submitted in by the defense prior to the ruling.

Among the factors which the judges considered was that this punishment is given out only in very serious offences; but being that he was a first offender, an officer with a clean record who felt sorry for the death of his wife through his actions and a father of 8, he deserved a more lenient punishment.

The judges added that the defense lawyers before sentence submitted to court that the appellant had attended reformatory sessions in Luzira where he reformed and became a born again person which was another factor that needed to be looked into but was neglected.

“In conclusion, being that this was not among those most dangerous murder cases where somebody is subjected to a death sentence on conviction, we set aside the death sentence and replace it with forty
years of conviction which must run with effect from 29th November 2010 when the sentence was set” ruled the judges,” read the judgement.

“However the judges upheld the conviction on murdering Christine Apolot. Although the appellant had appealed on three grounds, he only succeeded on the third and lost the two according to the ruling.

A total of three children were killed yesterday in a stampede in one of President Yoweri Museveni’s rallies in Kiziba, what is ed Rakai district.

The revelation was made this morning by President Museveni himself while addressing press at his home in Rwakirura as he rounded up his campaign in the Masaka region.

Museveni said two youngsters were trampled upon by some of the supporters who were reportedly jostling for NRM t-shirts.

The third child was reportedly knocked dead by a vehicle during the rally.

The president thus appealed to the organizers of his rallies to take more precautionary measures.

“I would like to ask that women who have small children should be allowed sitting space on the sideline near to my podium, generic ” he said.

Museveni said that he also witnessed similar situation while campaigning Hoima, where young children were nearly killed in the crowd.

He extended sympathies to the families of the deceased and the People of Kiziba.



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