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Guvnor Murder Trial: High Court Judge Blasts Police Officer

High Court Judge Justice Wilson Kwesiga is furious at Sergeant John Peter Opiyo, the Investigative officer who recorded preliminary statements in the Guvnor Murder case.

The Judge deemed Opiyo incompetent, especially after mishandling exhibits in the case.

During previous hearings, it emerged that the Sergeant was reluctant on carrying out tests on some of the exhibits, and reportedly made threats and promises to the accused.

When grilled by state prosecutor Jane Okuo Kajuga, Opiyo, who is attached to Jinja Road Police station admitted that he didn’t consider finger prints of the broken glass.

He however first blamed the error on the Scene of Crime officer (SOCO).

“My Lord It was an oversight that I didn’t lift the finger prints on the glasses that were involved in this murder,” Opiyo apologized

On hearing this, the judge was seemingly left in shock and remided Opiyo that it’s the duty of the investigative officer to ensure that all cases are investigated up to the conclusion.

“Do you know that am handling a matter involving the death of a human being or do you know that this man in the dock, on conviction, will suffer death?” the Judge asked.

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In the later cross-examinations however, Opiyo noted that Kamyuka could have killed Johnny accidentally.

“According to the video footage Nina Nyarwaha (accused’s wife) was seen hitting back at the deceased with a slap before Kamyuka’s intervention” Opiyo said.

The seemingly furious Justice Kwesiga, citing earlier contradictions of the officer in the case, wondered what he would tell the Police boss, if asked for any recommendation about the sergeant.

“The good thing this is happening in broad day light, when the public is watching, now people will be able to decide on who kill their cases,” Justice Kwesiga.

Opiyo was later asked to disappear or go for further lessons on how investigations are conducted.

“Let him go away because I don’t want to look at him; but after this case you will need to find some time and I teach you on how investigations are done,” justice Kwesiga told Opiyo.

In the case, it is alleged that Ivan Kamyuka, 33, killed his colleague Johnny Ahimbisibwe at club Guvnor in Kampala after a fight over a woman.

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