Family to spend life in jail for murder
Posted Wednesday, October 30 2013 at 02:00
Iganga- The High Court in Iganga District has sentenced six members of the same family to life imprisonment for murder.
Court presided over by Justice Flavia Sennoga on Monday heard that the family murdered a prominent NRM cadre, George Isabirye, in 2009 following a dispute over a seven-acre piece of land.
The group were among the 21 people who had earlier been arraigned before court, but 15 were acquitted after prosecution failed to link them to the murder.
Prosecution had earlier told court that the convicts, all residents of Ibulanku Sub-county, hacked Isabirye to death on the night of July 21, 2009 in Mifumi valley as he was returning to his home in Mawanga village.
His body was found dumped in a nearby swamp the following morning.
Court heard that the attack occurred a week after Isabirye had won a land suit he had filed before the Iganga Chief Magistrate’s Court against Muhammed Sundya.
While passing judgment, Justice Sennoga said prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the six participated in the murder.
“Your act was most despicable. You murdered the deceased in respect to a land dispute which court had earlier settled. If you were not satisfied, you would have appealed to a higher court rather than taking the law into your hands,” Justice Sennoga said.
State lawyer Lydia katami had asked court to give them a death sentence to serve as a deterrent, saying they planned the murder so that they can take over the land.
But the defence lawyer, Mr Ronald Kasisa, asked for lenience, saying his clients had reformed during the four years on remand.
Speaking to reporters soon after the sentence, members of the late Isabirye’s family led by his father, Mr Michael Maganda, said relatives of the convicts had continued to block them from using the land in question.