Varsity don’s case file sent back to police
Posted Friday, November 1 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- Prosecution has told court that a case file in which a Makerere University lecturer is accused of masterminding an acid attack on his wife has been sent back to police.
State prosecutor Peace Biira told presiding Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe on Wednesday that Dr Faisal Buyinza’s file had not yet been returned.
However, Ms Biira did not tell court why the suspect’s file was sent back to police.
The matter had come up for further hearing but stalled because of the missing police file Two witnesses have testified in this matter including Dr Buyinza’s wife, Ms Hanifah Nakyiryowa.
In her testimony in June, Ms Nakyiryowa accused her husband of hiring someone to pour acid on her.
She said prior to the attack, her husband had threatened her life and that on December 11, 2011 he lured her to his house from where someone attacked her at the doorway before pouring acid on her.
Mr John Paul Baigana, the defence lawyer, demanded that prosecution closes its case if they do not have witnesses.
But court adjourned the matter to December 12, for further hearing.
Dr Buyinza, 40, is facing charges of attempted murder, which charge when convicted, attracts a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. He denies the charges.
Prosecution alleges that Ms Nakyiryowa was married to Dr Buyinza for seven years and at the time of the acid attack, their marriage was on the rocks and had left her matrimonial home and was staying with a friend.
Ms Nakyiryowa along with her one and half-year old daughter Zurahiya Buyinza, sustained burns after the acid attack and were admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital. She lost her eyes and nose as a result of the attack.