38 Year Old Man Acquitted of Murder

Paul Mwesigye was today freed by  the army court
Paul Mwesigye was today freed by the army court

Makindye General Court Martial has acquitted Paul Mwesigye, a 38 year old resident of Butangwa in Kabarole district, who has been on trial for murder for 7 years.

In 2010 Mwesigye was charged with murder alongside three others.

Two of the three pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced while the third person was released on orders of the High court.

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These were accused of murdering one Margret Mbabazi, on 5th March 2010 at Butebo trading centre in Kabarole district.

General Court Martial Chairman Lt General Andrew Gutti today ruled that prosecution failed to produce enough evidence pinning Mwesigye in the crime.

He said the testimony of the three prosecution witnesses was based on hearsay evidence.

In his testimony, the arresting officer had pointed out that nothing of evidential value was discovered at Mwesigye’s home.

The court chair therefore ruled, “Prosecution did not prove to reasonable degree any ingredient of the offence that requires this court to find the accused person with a case to answer.”

Upon hearing the judgement, Mwesigye who has been on remand for more than 6 years knelt down in the dock and thanked the court members for giving him justice.


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