Police Officer Gets 31 Years in Prison for Murdering Colleague

High Court in Kabale has on Tuesday morning sentenced a police officer to 31 year in prison for killing his fellow workmate.

The convict, price Gideon Niwamanya, page 24, attached to Nteko Tourism Police Post in Nyabwishenya Sub County, Kisoro District, is said to have unlawfully murdered his workmate, Police Constable number 58346 Gilbert Musasizi on 17th May 2013 at around 9pm. The deceased was attached to the same police post.

Prosecution led by Kabale Resident Principal State Attorney, Batson Baguma told court that Niwamanya shot dead Musasizi, accusing him of failure to perform his assigned duties, after a short quarrel.

Niwamanya pleaded guilty of the charges and asked court to be given a lenience punishment since he has been on remand for four years, and the deceased was his friend.

Prosecutor Baguma however, argued that Niwamanya should be sentenced to life in prison because of overwhelming incriminating evidence

While delivering the judgment, Justice Kazibwe said that the convict’s work was to keep law instead of taking law into his hand.

Kazibwe noted that the maximum sentence of murder cases is death, but considering the time of four years the convict has been on remand and not wasting court’s time by pleading guilty, a 31 year jail term would suffice.

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