Kotido Man Gets 12-Year- Jail Sentence for Murder

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Prosecution led by John Ochopa told High court sitting in Moroto that on the fateful day, Apanatudo found the deceased and Longole Akori grazing cattle.

Lomala Apanatudo, a resident of Aparingakale village in Napumpum parish in Panyangara Sub County Kotido has earned himself a 12-year jail sentence for murder. Apanatudo appeared on Friday before Justice Henry Kaweesa Isabirye, who found him guilty for the brutal murder of Pius Ecabu in 2012. 

Court heard that on June 4, 2012 at Aparingakale village, Napumpum Parish in Panyangara Sub County, Apanatudo hacked Pius Ecabu alias Lochieno to death and buried his body in a valley, but the remains were washed away by storm water. Prosecution led by John Ochopa told High court sitting in Moroto that on the fateful day, Apanatudo found the deceased and Longole Akori grazing cattle.

He reportedly begged an axe from Akori allegedly to go and gut a tree in the valley. He asked the duo to follow him as he led the way. Court heard that no sooner had the trio entered the valley, than Apanatudo descended on Ecabu and hacked him to death. Apanatudo pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for a lenient sentence saying he had a family to look after.

However, John Ochopa the led prosecutor emphasized that the murder was cruel and inhuman. He asked court to give Apanatudo a deterrent sentence that will stop other would be offenders. In his ruling, Justice Isabirye concurred with the prosecution saying Apanatudo didn’t deserve mercy since he committed a grave crime against humanity.
 
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Apanatudo is the first convict in the in Moroto high court session, which started on Thursday last week.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.