Crime & Investigation

Bombo Shootings: Trigger-happy Soldier Denied Bail

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The General Court Martial Brig. Fred Tolit who is presiding over the hearing has rejected the bail request of Okot which was requested verbally by his lawyer Capt Nasser Dravo.

Prosecution side headed by Fredrick Kagwaamu strongly opposed the request saying that the crime committed was of the highest capital nature and should not be granted any bail.

However, Tolit has advised Okot’s lawyers to put the request in writing if they want it to be considered.


Okot is currently being charged with 10 counts of murder of 10 people, three counts of attempted murder, aggravated robbery and failure to protect war materials.

He is accused of defiling the 13 year old daughter of one Onesmus Aduri. Prosecution presented Florence Ajang as witness who said as Okot raided the home of Aduri where he attempted to rape his daughter, Grace Candiru.

The trial which kicked off yesterday at 9:00am under tight security continues today as more witnesses are expected to testify against the accused soldier.

Okot, whose motive for the shooting still remains unclear, is reported to have been on duty on the night of March 8 at the 23rd Air Defence Regiment before escaping with a firearm with several rounds of ammunition.

Upon stepping at Yumbe Boy’s bar in Bombo Township, Odoch started spraying bullets with the intention of killing soldiers who were enjoying alcohol before fleeing the scene.

Five UPDF Soldiers and civilians were killed on that fateful day.

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