Bombo killings: Court adjourns public hearing

Friday April 26 2013

By Dan Wandera

The military General Court Martial has adjourned the public hearing of a case involving a soldier accused of killing 10 people dead near Bombo Military Barracks.

Pte Patrick Okot Odoki, a soldier attached to Air defence at Bombo, is facing 10 counts of murder of 10 people, aggravated robbery, four charges of attempted murder and failing to protect UPDF property following the March 9 incident.

Brig. Fred Tolit, the chairperson of the Court Martial which has been sitting at the Health Centre grounds in Bombo Town since Monday, adjourned the hearing to Monday with more witnesses pinning down the suspect over the murder.

Ms Joyce Asiyo, the 13th prosecution witness, who sustained a bullet wound on her right leg, told court on Wednesday that she saw Pte Okot shoot people dead.

“I did not know his (the accused) name but his face was familiar to me because I had earlier seen him before the shooting. I even heard Onesmus (one of those killed) ask Okot why he was killing him.”