The head of FDC Women’s League Ingrid Turinawe through her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde has asked Buganda Road Court to dismiss the case in which she is accused of assaulting a Police officer.
This followed a request by State Prosecutor Miriam Njuki on Friday to have the matter adjourned again since the Attorney in Personal Conduct was attending a workshop with fellow staff from DPP’s office.
This was objected by the defence counsel who demanded to see the invitation to Counsel Timothy Amerit, where the conference was being held and the convener.
“In the new rules of this court any advocate standing in for another one must be ready to proceed with the hearing. Being that the state has not given sufficient reasons on why she is not ready to proceed, we pray for a dismissal of charges and the accused to be freed,” he said.
Njuki objected to dismissal saying that she saw the letter from Acting DPP inviting Amerit and other Resident State Attorneys to attend the works shop.
“I was briefed about this matter on Monday morning. I was not given instructions to summon witnesses.”
In her ruling, trial Magistrate Stella Amabirisi declined to dismiss the matter saying she too was aware of the conference which she said was instrumental in building the capacity of prosecutors.
She adjourned the matter to 9th April 2020 for further hearing.
Prosecution contends that on 4th August 2019 at Central Police station (CPS) Kampala, Ingrid assaulted Sergeant Patrick Alinyo, causing him bodily harm.