Nsenga Widow Jailed 20 years for Husbands Murder

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The sentence followed an earlier submission by Defence lawyers who asked court for a lenient sentence for the convict who was facing a possible maximum death sentence, saying she was the only surviving parent of their two children. The judge said he considered the 1 and a half year period the convict had spent on remand.

Kampala business woman Jackline Uwera Nsenga will serve a 20 year jail sentence for murdering her husband, Juvenal Nsenga.  Uwera is accused of killing her husband by running over him with a car at their family home in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb last year.

Presiding Judge Duncan Gaswaga announced the sentence this afternoon and sent Uwera to Luzira prison following her conviction yesterday.  In the conviction, justice Gaswaga ruled that based on the evidence presented before court Jackline Nsenga could not have knocked her husband accidentally. According to the Judge, Prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accident which claimed Juvenal Nsenga's life was aforethought.

The sentence followed an earlier submission by Defence lawyers who asked court for a lenient sentence for the convict who was facing a possible maximum death sentence, saying she was the only surviving parent of their two children. But the judge said he considered the 1 and a half year period the convict had spent on remand.

 "Considering the time you have spent on remand, the fact that you are a first time offender, remorseful and the only surviving guardian to your children I sentence you to 20 years in prison," the judge stated.

"This sentence should send a strong message against domestic violence. Domestic violence is not the solution to family problems," he said before adding that; "couples with domestic problems ought to seek counseling from their relatives or professional family counselors instead of taking matters into their own hands."

Court earlier on heard that Jackline Uwera, on January 10, 2013, accelerated vehicle Reg. No. UAL 933M which she was driving, rammed through the gate and knocked her late husband Juvenal who had come to open the gate for her. The car then dragged Nsenga for a considerable distance along the concrete pavement. He died moments later.

Prosecution relied on testimonies by engineers and by the Inspector of Vehicles- IOV to prove that there are no prior accidents caused by the Mark X vehicle model -suddenly accelerating on their own and that the Vehicle which Jacqueline Nsenga owned was in a good working state.

Additional evidence also indicated that the nature of the vehicle is such that it has obstacle sensors with which, brakes cannot move, unless accelerated. Prosecution also wondered why a person entering their compound would bolt in at a speed of at least 41-61kilometres per hour, without intent to cause an accident.