High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Ssenoga on Wednesday halted court proceedings after the defence lawyer declined to present Muhammed Ssebuwufu, the prime suspect, accused of murdering Donah Betty Katusabe on October 21, 2015 at Pine Car Bond in Kampala.
Proceedings were going on normally until the Judge ordered that Ssebuwufu, the prime suspect in the murder case, be presented to give his defence. However, the defence lawyer, Mr Evans Ochieng, said they had not prepared Ssebuwufu to appear before the court and instead said they had prepared four other suspects in the case.
Mr Ssebuwufu is jointly charged with Mr Paul Tasingika, Godfrey Kayiza, Philip Mirambe, Stephen Lwanga, Yoweri Kitayimba, Damaseni Ssentongo and Shaban Otuddu.
However, this irritated the judge who slammed the defence team for playing games.
“Defence lawyer, if you not ready to proceed with these witnesses chronologically, starting with A1 [Sebuwufu], just seek for an adjournment. That is a sign that defence is not prepared today,” Justice Ssenoga said.
He revealed that there is no way defence can hoodwink court to believe that they have not prepared the first accused person since hearings have been ongoing since December 2017.
He then walked out of the proceedings and when the lawyers followed him into the chambers, he directed them to the Assistant Registrar Inspector of Courts, Mr Jamson Karemani, who formally adjourned the case to December 4.
Eight suspects are on trial in the High Court on charges of murdering Katusabe on October 21, 2015 at Pine Car Bond on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala and robbing her of mobile phone worth Shs300, 000 before she was tortured to death with a machete and sticks.
Last week, Justice Ssenoga ruled that all accused persons have a case to answer in connection to murder of Katusabe, basing on the evidence presented by the 26 prosecution witnesses.