The UPDF 2nd Division Court Martial on Monday morning started the trial of Lance Corporal Moses Katwesigye who is accused of murdering eight people and severely injuring three others on the night of 21st April 2016 in Kanungu district.
The Mbarara based Court, prostate http://cutteraviation.com/wp-admin/includes/class-theme-upgrader-skin.php chaired by Col. Geoffrey Mujuni, ambulance http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/class-wp-site-query.php convened at Kihihi Community Polytechnic Playground where the suspect was changed with eight counts of murder, unhealthy http://damadetrefla.com/wp-content/themes/angle/rslib/classes/class.control1.php contrary to Section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act, CAP 120 and three counts of attempted murder, contrary to Section 204 of the same Act.
Prosecution, led by Lt Charles Ssekayita, told court that Lance Corporal Katwesigye, 37, on 21st April 2016 between 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm using a rifle of AK 47 type, Serial Number 48002482, murdered Tugumisirize Olivia, Musiimenta Miria, Ndyakira Shafik, Gumoshabe Victory, Kyasiimire Apofia, Byamukama Medard, Lance Corporal Byansi Selestino and Pte Auma Sarah between UPDF 307 Brigade Headquarters, Mburamaizi and Kirumura village both in Nyakinoni sub county of Kanungu.
Court also heard that Katwesigye shot and injured Baryeke Emmanuel, Twongyeirwe Frank and Tumuhirire Dickson, all from Kiruruma village.
When the charges were read to the accused by the Court Chairman Col Mujuni and asked to enter a plea, Lance Corporal Katwesigye chose to remain silent.
The Judge Advocate, Capt Gideon Makanzu, immediately advised that the court enters a plea of not guilty on behalf of the accused, since it was his right to remain silent. Court accordingly entered a plea of not guilty for the accused.
Prosecution, led by Lt Charles Ssekayita said the state had lined up 25 witnesses to pin the suspect on the charges and would use a charge and caution statement from the police, a report of the ballistic expert who examined the gun he is alleged to have used in committing the crime and the witnesses’ statements to further strengthen his case.
The accused in being represented by Capt Paul Rwabwogo, who is the Defense Counsel for the 2nd Division Court Martial.