Connect with us

CRIME

Police Officer Narrates How Tycoon Ssebuufu Called Katushabe’s Relatives before Beating Her To Death, Furious Judge Warns Tycoon’s Lawyers

Published

on

High Court Judge Angeline Flavia Senoga was furious with lawyers representing pine car bond boss Muhammad Ssebuufu who is answering murder charges.

Senoga’s anger was stirred after lawyers Evans Ochenge and Robert Irumba objected to all the exhibits that the state lawyers tendered in court as evidence.

“Counsel do you want this case to be concluded? I’m tired of your delaying tactics. You’re a learned counsel, why are you objecting to everything, may be its better you go back to school so that you understand how such cases are handled,” Senoga fumed.

She further wondered why Ochenge was basing his illegal objections of exhibits on the instructions of his clients especially Ssebuufu. She informed Ochenge that it’s his obligation to advise his clients on the court process and not the client to instruct him on whatever he wants to do in court. Senoga further warned Ochenge to stop playing his delaying tactics because he always asks for long adjournments.

Ochenge informed her that he was instructed by his clients not to allow Peter Henry Warya the investigating officer in this case to testify on the telephone date analysis. Ochenge submitted that according to court criminal procedure, an expert in telephone data analysis must be the one to testify. He said that Warya is lacking that expertise to testify on a scientific report, in this report Warya testified that there was communication between the accused, witnesses and the late Katushabe.

“My lord I insist that the witness doesn’t have expertise to testify on that report, I’m instructed to object that,” Ochenge submitted.

State prosecutor Michael Ojok challenged Ochenge’s submissions and asked court to allow the witness to testify against the exhibits and tender them to court as exhibits.  He said that Warya followed all the procedures to collect the contagious exhibits including telephones of the suspects, witnesses and the deceased.  He added that Warya obtained court orders, swore affidavits allowing him to take suspects, witnesses and diseased phones to telecom companies to get phone print out which he took to the directorate of cyber-crime in police.

He said that Warya was only going to testify on the way he collected the exhibits and prosecution was going to call the experts to testify on the way they examined the exhibits.

However, Ssebuufu’s lawyer Ochenge refused saying that they are not going to cross examine the witness because he was incompetent to testify on the exhibits.  Ochenge’s defiance angered the judge who told him to apply for her to quit his client’s case because he is tired of being delayed by him. She over ruled him and allowed the witness to testify on the exhibits.

In his testimony, Warya revealed that there was a conversation between Ssebuufu, his co- accused and the deceased on the day she was murdered.  He revealed that the telephone print out showed that Ssebuufu himself called Katushabe’s sister Lillian Kabugo who was in Kasese asking her to send his balance of sh9m which he was demanding from Katushabe. Katushabe also called Kabugo to help her with money because Ssebuufu was threatening to kill her after beating her badly. He testified that Ssebuufu told Kabugo to send his money on Godfrey Kayiza’s number (co-accused with Ssebuufu).

He said that unfortunately, Katushabe’s phone was stolen and he suspects that it was stolen by the suspects to hide the evidence against them. He revealed that he managed to get the sim card print out from MTN and airtel companies which indicated that there was communication between the suspects, witnesses and her.

The state alleges that Ssebuufu and others in 2015 murdered Betty Katushabe over Shs9 million balance she owed them after buying a Toyota premio car from his pine car bond at Shs 17 million. The case was adjourned to 10th September.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

Comments

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CRIME

GUILTY AS CHARGED: You Kidnapped And Killed Her – Court Finally Convicts Pine Car Bond Businessman Sebuufu On Katushabe’s Murder

Published

on

It was tears and jubilation as pine car bond businessman Muhammad Sebuufu and seven others were convicted on the murder of businesswoman Donna Betty Katushabe, a former Centenary bank employee. 

“I found out that state has proved beyond reasonable doubt all the ingredients in the three counts of murder, kidnap with intention to murder and armed robbery which were charged against Muhammad Ssebuufu, Phillip Mirambe, Steven Lwanga, Shaban Odutu, Paul Tasingika,  Dameseni Ssentongo, Godfrey Kayinza  and I  convict them,” High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Senoga said. She said that the prosecution team led by senior state prosecutor Michael Ojok  and Winfred Ahimbisibwe placed Sebuufu and his co-accussed on the scene of crime at pine car bond in Kampala where the deceased was tortured from and later died at the entrance of  Kampala central police station.

The late Katushabe’s lawyer Annet Kyomugisha (2nd R)

The judge refuted the alibis which Sebuufu based on to defend himself that on the day Katushabe was tortured, he was at Mwanga 2 court in Mengo not at pine as the state witnesses testified. The judge stated that the convict had malice forethought to murder the deceased because after planning the move to kidnap her from her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe road instead of driving her to Kampala central police station. The soft-spoken judge said that the act of taking Katushabe to pine car bond showed that the suspects wanted to negotiate with her on how to pay the remaining shs9m on the purchased Toyota Premio from pine car bond. 

She based her judgment on the postmortem report which indicated that Katushabe was first tortured before she died. The learned judge wondered why the convicts instead of torturing the deceased didn’t file a civil suit so that their balance is paid through civil courts. She noted that the suspect participated in committing the crime according to the testimony of Peter Tumusiime, a lawyer who was sent to pine to rescue Katushabe from Sebuufu’s hands.

Tumusiime told court that he saw with his necked eye Sebuufu and Odutu undressing and beating up the deceased while squeezing her breasts and private parts. The judge further pointed out the star testimony was from Annet Kyomugisha, a lawyer to Katushabe, who told court that it was Sebuufu who called her on phone and put Katushabe on the loud speaker. Katushabe was crying and begging her lawyer to look for money because her captors had promised to kill her if she did not get the money.

Katushabe’s relatives jubilating

However, the judge put Steven Lwanga, a special hire driver at pine on charges of associating with the convicts who murdered Katushabe because when he was hired to drive Katushabe to police, he drove her back to pine where she was seriously tortured. State prosecutor Michael Ojok asked for an adjournment to prepare his submission on the sentencing because the convict deserves a maximum punishment of death. Sebuufu’s lawyer Evans Ochang told journalists that he is not happy with the judgment and he has to first read the entire judgment before advising his client on the way forward and whether to appeal in the court or not.

Katushabe’s relatives celebrated after the judgment and applauded the judge for standing by the truth adding that Sebuufu bribed all the people who were handling their case since 2015. Robert Muhindo, a brother to Katushabe said that even though Katushabe is dead and they can’t return her life, she will feel very contentedwherever she is. The convicted will know their fate on 1st July 2019.

By Jamil Lutakome

Comments

Continue Reading

CRIME

It Was A Stage Managed Robbery – Rwomushana Punches Holes In Fang Fang Hotel Roberry

Published

on

Former State House operative cum political commentator Charles Rwomushana has punched holes in the robbery at Fang Fang hotel in Nakasero over the weekend.

On Sunday night, a joint team of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and other security personnels allegedly arrested two soldiers and their driver in a foiled armed robbery at Fang Fang Hotel near Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

The security forces identified the suspects as Cpl Abbas Majid, Lance Cpl Ivan Asiimwe and their driver Ivan Opio.

They say the suspects were armed with two Sub-Machine Guns loaded with 300 bullets. They allegedly attacked the hotel at midnight but were intercepted by security operatives from ISO and SFC. The fourth suspect is still on the run.

Rwomushana, who is a security operative himself says, “Four Museveni soldiers are said to have been involved in a foiled robbery at Fang Fang.

This story breaks on the heels of the Nansana attack. I have argued before and I will still do that the Nansana attack was not a robbery. I wouldn’t consider the NRA attack on Kabale Bank of Uganda currency centre a robbery. This Fang Fang operation appears interesting. The targeted available amount of money was five million shillings. Gross profit for each soldier involved in the operation was averagely one million shillings.”

Rwomushana adds, “Most of these operators are noncommissioned officers (NCOs)…whose salaries are way above Museveni LDUs. ..above 300,000.

Expenses would include money for the informer insider, surveillance operations etc. Take home would be around 500,000. That is two months’ salary.

So what would be the motivation for Museveni military unit to indulge in such a silly robbery? I don’t see money being the motivating factor.

Did the purported robbery take place? Or its merely stage managed as propaganda to show that yes soldiers are involved in robberies but ISO and SFC are very efficient in curtailing them? I’m sure Fang Fang has a cctv camera system. Kindly upload those motion pictures so that the Thomas in me confirms the resurrection. Otherwise I will hold its another episode in a complex movie.”

By Doreen Menezer

Comments

Continue Reading

CRIME

Sheikh Charged With Killing Maama Fiina’s Husband Released On Bail, Ordered To Avoid Preaching Inciting Sermons

Published

on

High court International Crimes Division Judge Duncan Gaswaaga has released Tabliq sect acting Amir sheikh Ramathan Mwanje on bail from Luzira prison where he has been since 2016.

The judge was very convinced with the four sureties that Mwanje presented and he agreed with the lawyers of the applicant that Mwanje has a fixed place of abode in Makindye Division. The prosecution did not present any evidence that Mwanje’s release would interfere with the state investigations. “It’s fair and just to grant him bail on grounds that his continued detention infringes his fundamental rights,” the Judge stated.

He was released on a non cash bail of shs20m while his sureties were ordered to execute a shs10m non cash bond to ensure that they compel Mwanje to report back to court when he is need. The sheikh has further been forbidden from preaching while making statements that are deemed to incite other Muslims to engage in criminal acts. He was also warned to always be humbled and disciplined to and co-operative with security agencies who may approach him in respect to this case.

He was also ordered to report to court every Tuesday of every month until he receives further orders from court. Mwanje is charged with Muhammad Buyondo, Adbul Wahaab Ssendegeya, Musa Ssekandi and Yusuf Nyanzi of killing major Muhammad Kiggundu and his body guard captain Steven Mukasa, aiding and abetting terrorism and confessing that he belonged to a terrorist group of ADF between 2010 and 2017.

By Jamil Lutakome

Comments

Continue Reading

like us

TRENDING

error: Content is protected !!