High Court’s justice Anglin Senoga has sentenced two men to 30 years each in jail after convicting them of murdering Andrew Gatare, a 19-year-old a student of Columbia University, at Kampala Serena hotel and robbing his belongings.
The convicts are said to have murdered Gatare by strangulation on Sunday 31st December 2014 along Nile Avenue before fleeing with his mobile phone and wallet.
The judge said in her ruling that while she didn’t hand the convicts, Ronald Mutebi and Geoffrey Lubwama the maximum penalty of death, they deserved a deterrent sentence to act as a warning to other members of the public who would think of engaging in similar crimes.
She added that she deducted from the sentence the 5 years that they have been on remand.
“If convicts are not punished for their acts, it will act as a license to others also to commit the same crimes thinking that they will go away with it” Senoga ruled
“The crime was part of the premeditated plan. These two left their homes with an intention to attack people going for new year’s eve with a plan to enrich themselves”
The convicts were advised to appeal with in 14days in case they are not satisfied with the sentence