Businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi has been convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Masaka High Court Judge Justice Mike Chibita found Kajubi guilty of murdering 12 year old boy Joseph Kasirye in October 2008.
Businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi has been convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Masaka High Court Judge Justice Mike Chibita found Kajubi guilty of murdering 12 year old boy Joseph Kasirye.
Prosecution told court that Kajubi committed the crime on October 27, 2008 when he hired witchdoctors Umar Kateregga and his wife Mariam Nabukeera to kill Kasirye, a pupil of Kayugi Primary School in Mukungwe sub-county in Masaka district,for ritual purposes. According to prosecution, Kajubi cut off Kasirye’s head and genitals and disappeared with them to be used in his real estate businesses in Kampala, Jinja and Masaka.
Kato Kajubi, through his lawyers, Ausi Twijukye and Fred Kamugunda, denes involvement in the murder. They claimed that Umar Kateregga and his wife only intended to frame Kajubi.
But after a six month trial period, Justice Mike Chibita found Kajubi guilty of having lured Umar Kateregga and his wife Nabukeera to murder Kasirye.
Justice Chibita said that after analyzing testimonies from 18 witnesses as presented by the state, he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Kajubi actually participated in the ritual murder. Chibita explained that the two key witnesses, Umar Kateregga and Marian Nabukeera, squarely put Kajubi at the crime scene.
Chibita said that after analyzing the telephone communications between Kajubi and Kateregga one of the witnesses on October 27, 2008, where by the Kateregga pinned Kajubi of having asked him to pick the child, it is clear that Kajubi participated in the killing.
Chibita also said that although Kajubi’s lawyers claim that there were a lot of lies basing on the inconsistencies of the witnesses, the testimonies of Nabukeera and her husband Katerega corroborated and therefore put the convict at the crime scene.
Chibita gave an example of how both witnesses testified that they received a telephone call from Kajubi asking them to find a child, slaughter him and give him private parts and the head. He argued that the witnesses pinned Kajubi for having taken the private parts and the head and they are nowhere to be seen.
State prosecutors Suzan Okalany and John Baptist Asiimwe asked court to give Kajubi a maximum sentence of death because he killed the child in cold blood and in a beastly manner.
But while delivering his sentence, Justice Chibita said he decided to sentence him to life in prison. He said he was convinced that giving him a life sentence means that the children in the country will be happy that one of their tormentors—Kato Kajubi—is locked up for life and therefore will have a smile.
Kato Kajubi looked very sad as soon as the sentence was read to him. Fred Kamuggunda, his lawyer said he is going to speak to him to decide on what to do next.
In April 2010, Masaka High Court judge Moses Mukiibi the acquitted Kajubi on grounds that he had no case to answer.
But in November 2010, the State appealed against the decision, saying that the trial judge failed to evaluate the evidence on record and came up with a wrong decision. The State sought for Court of Appeal orders for the trial judge to either put Kajubi on his defence or to order for a retrial before another judge.
In their ruling, the three justices of the Court of Appeal led by Amos Twinomujuni sided with prosecution and said the 22 prosecution witnesses had proved the case against Kajubi beyond reasonable doubt.
The Court of Appeal judges said the trial judge erred in law by not putting Kajubi on his defence and ordered for the retrial before another judge.
Kajubi, however, went into hiding until he was re-arrested in December 2011 in Kajansi on Entebbe road, apparently in another witch doctor’s shrine.
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