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Court of Appeal Set to Kick off with 40 Cases in Mbale

The Court of Appeal sitting in Mbale is expected to kick off with a session consisting of 40 appeals tomorrow, August 3.

This scientific session is expected to be flagged off by the Acting Chief justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo who doubles as the head of this court.

The session will be presided over by Justices; Frederick Egonda-Ntende, Cheborion Barishaki and Muzamiru Kibeedi with a team of prosecutors.

At the opening session, the Director of Public Prosecution, Justice Jane Frances Abodo who recently marked 100 years in office is expected to make her maiden court appearance in which she will handle a number of cases as well as administrative issues.

Among these cases, murder has 17 cases which is the highest followed by aggravated defilement with 12 cases and aggravated robbery with 7.

The other appeals are on offences of operating a pharmacy without a license, rape, arson and criminal trespass, each with one case.

In one case, the appellant seeks to quash a death sentence while in four others, the appeals are against life convictions meted by the High Court.

In the opening case, the State is appealing against the acquittal of 12 people who were acquitted on first appeal on charges of arson, inciting violence, doing grievous harm and assault.

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The offence was committed in Tororo District where the appellants were convicted for burning several houses belonging to their neighbours in an inter-tribal clash.

According to Ayebare Tumwebaze the Acting Registrar Court of Appeal, this session is going to be scientific.

“Since the appellants/prisoners will not come to Court due to the threat of Covid-19, the hearings will be via zoom technology. Lawyers will carry along laptop computers for the session. The court will provide internet connectivity and their Lordships will host the zoom session while sitting at Mbale High Court,” he said.

He urged the lawyers in conduct of the matters to observe the Covid-19 prevention guidelines issued by the Chief Justice and Ministry of Health on social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing and wearing face masks among others.

 

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