The Court of Appeal sitting at Mbale High Court this week delivered 30 Judgments from its Criminal Session.
This court composed of three Justices; Fredrick Egonda-Ntende, Cheborion Barishaki and Muzamiru Kibeedi among others rulings, acquitted two persons who had been sentenced to death by Mbale High court in 2012.
“This is to authorize and require you to release the said Mwanje Peter and Wegulo Martin from Custody, unless held on any other lawful charges,” the Judges ruled.
The Court also quashed the conviction and set aside the sentence of two appellants who had been sentenced to life imprisonment.
It also set aside the conviction and sentence of one of the appellants with orders that the “original trial judge completes conviction and the sentencing process.”
Among the appeals, three were dismissed for lack of merit and these included an appeal by the State where they sought to overturn an acquittal of 12 people on charges of arson, inciting violence, doing grievous harm and assault. They had been acquitted on first appeal.
Fifteen convicts also had their sentences reduced. These included two people whose life imprisonment sentences were reduced to 20 years “commencing on the date of their conviction by the High Court”.
Throughout this session, court has so far delivered five judgements as the rest of rest are expected to be delivered in the remaining part of the session.