Soldier sentenced to 90 years for murder

UPDF soldier, Pte Paul Lotukei, attached to Bukara army detach, 06 Mountain Battalion, 222 Mountain Brigade, appears before a court martial at Muhoti barracks in Fort Portal city. He was found guilty of murdering a mother and her baby. (Coutesy photo).

A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier, Pte Paul Lotukei attached to Bukara army detach, 06 Mountain Battalion, 222 Mountain Brigade, has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for murder.

Mountain Division Court Martial sitting at Muhoti Barracks in Fort Portal city found Lotukei, 36, guilty of two counts of murder contrary to Sub Section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 120.

Court heard that on October 30, 2020 at about 8:00pm, Pte Lotukei with malice, unlawfully and intentionally shot and killed Pamela Nayebare, 26, and her nine-month-old infant son, Owen Kusemererwa.

This was after developing an argument with Nayebare over a mobile phone in a bar at Kitumba Village in Nyakigumba Town Council, Bunyangabu District.

Passing the sentence, court chairman, Lt Col Felix Nyero, said “basing on the gravity of the offence committed and the evidence produced by prosecution, the sentence is appropriate and this should serve as a lesson to others. UPDF is a people’s army that has zero tolerance to criminality”.

Despite the accused pleading not guilty to the offence, prosecution guided by Mountain Division legal officer and judge advocate, Capt Ivan Nabireeba, produced evidence to prove the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt and basing on that, state lawyer, Lt Gabriel U Mavenjina, asked court to give a maximum sentence to the accused.

Defence lawyer, Lt George W Kabanda, requested court for a lenient sentence for his client since he is a first time offender that has a big family of five wives and 18 children, and it was not his intention to kill.

He also said that the accused was simply provoked since he was under the influence of alcohol and was, therefore, not in his full senses.

In his verdict, Lt Col Nyero advised the convict to appeal against the ruling within 14 days in case the accused is not satisfied with the judgement.

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