Nwoya Arson Suspects Back on Remand

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Five people arrested in connection with an arson attack that claimed five lives in Nwoya district early this month have been remanded further to Gulu central Prison. The suspects are being prosecuted for five counts of murder related to the January 5th incident in which five family members died in a house fire in Kal A village in Koch Goma sub county.

Five people arrested in connection with an arson attack that claimed five lives in Nwoya district early this month have been remanded further to Gulu central Prison.
 
The suspects appeared before Amuru grade one Magistrate Joseph Angole on Wednesday for mention of their case. They are hotelier David Livingstone Lakony, Charles Olanya, Moris Opiyo Agatta, Santos Oryema Kavuyo and Okot Patrick Ayweri.
  
The suspects are being prosecuted for five counts of murder related to the January 5th incident in which five family members died in a house fire in Kal A village in Koch Goma sub county.

The deceased are 45-year-old John Kennedy Oketayot alias Wod Aceng, his 32-year-old wife Agnes Apiyo and three children Rebbeca Nyapolo, Gumkura Jonathan and Laker Angel Lucky.
 
Prosecution led by Patrick Adoko, a state attorney, told court that the suspects caused the death of the five family members by setting fire to the family house in which the deceased were sleeping.
 
Adoko said the incident happened at about 1 AM and asked court to remand the suspects as inquiries into the motive of the incident continue. The courtroom was packed and the suspects appeared composed.
 
Angole advised the suspects not to enter any plea since his court lacks jurisdiction over capital offences. He then sent them back to Gulu central Prison till February 10th when they return for mention of their case.

It is alleged that some of the suspects had a long history of court battle over large swathes of land with the deceased's family. Ironically, the matter had been settled in their favour.