A government forensic expert on Wednesday displayed in court the Iron bar that was allegedly used to hit the late Major General James Kazini. The blood-stained white hollow iron bar was found next to the body of the former army commander on the morning of November 10th 2009.
This was hours after he had allegedly been killed by Lydia Atim Draru at her home in Wabigalo zone in Makindye division. Draru on Monday confessed to the killing but said she acted out anger and in self defense.
Andrew Mubiru, a Forensic Scientist at the Government Chemist in Wandegeya confirmed that the iron bar contained blood stains of the deceased. Other clothes taken for analysis returned positive with both Draru’s and Kazini’s DNA.
Robert Icooto, a crime scene expert with Uganda police narrated in court how he found the white, blood stained iron bar lying adjacent to the fallen General’s body. He positively identified the metallic bar and tendered it in as evidence.
He said he found many people at the crime scene on the day of the incident. From observation, Icooto told court he found the sitting room in Draru’s house in Wabigalo very disorganized. He found a broken glass table, fragments of a photo frame. Such disorganization, Icooto told court, suggested there was violence in the room.
Icooto’s testimony collaborates with that of Scovia Toboru, a niece to Lydia Draru, the prime suspect in the murder trial. Toboru told court that a fight ensued between Draru and Kazini moments before the killing occurred. She reportedly saw Kazini box and slap Draru, who later picked an iron bar from the bathroom and struck the deceased thrice.
But the two testimonies seem to contradict at some point. Scovia told court that after he was hit with an iron bar once, Kazini fell flat on his face. Icooto on the other hand told court that he found the body of Kazini lying on one side thereby contradicting Toboru’s testimony.
Icooto also displayed 49 photographs of the crime scene right from the outside to the sitting room where Kazini’s body lay. 13 of these pictures, which were tendered in as exhibit, showed graphic images of the deceased and the deep-cut wounds inflicted on him using the iron bar.
A composed Draru did not even glance at the pictures of her former lover. On Monday, Draru shed tears moments before standing in the dock but today she did not look moved by what was being displayed in the court room.
Icooto also told court that through the help of Toboru, police was able to pick a Black blouse they believe Draru wore while committing the crime. The blouse was hidden in a suitcase in Scovia’s bedroom.
During cross examination, Icooto told court that inside Kazini’s White Land Cruiser packed outside the house, was a brown leather bag that contained a revolver. The gun was loaded with three bullets at the time of recovery. The display of the revolver in court caused a scare, forcing presiding Judge, Monica Mugenyi to ask whether or not it was loaded. The gun was tendered in as evidence for the defense team.
Hearing continues on Thursday morning.