High Court Judge Steven Mubiru has sentenced city Businessman Mathew Kanyamunyu to 5 years and one month in jail after convicting him of Manslaughter.
Kanyamunyu was accused of shooting to death of social worker Kenneth Akena back in 2016.
He admitted to the charges in court, following conclusion of the plea bargain agreement between him and the representatives from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)
Justice Steven Mubiru said in his ruling today that he considered the fact that the convict had engaged in plea bargain with the state.
The judged said he was prepared to hand him between 7 to 8 years for Manslaughter, but that the parties ended up agreeing on 6 years which was not far off.
“In respect to the sentencing guidelines I have deducted the period of 11 months he spent on remand from 22nd November 2016 up to 12 October 2017. I therefore sentenced you to 5 years and 1 month in jail,” the judge ruled.
If dissatisfied with the ruling, Kanyamunyu was advised to appeal.
During trial, Kanyamunyu through his lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates had asked court to grant him a lenient sentence because the crime was not pre-meditated
“The convict is a young man of 43 years, a first offender, and didn’t know each other with the deceased. He also tried to save the deceased’s life by rushing him to Nakasero Hospital where he passed away from.” Submitted counsel Peter Kabatsi
He added that Kanyamunyu was a single father of 4 children and suffered from Hypertension