A UPDF officer who was being hunted by security operatives in Mbarara, this morning brought himself to the Mbarara magistrates court to answer to the charges against him.
Corporal Denis Bataringaya, attached to Mbuya Barracks is said to have been involved in an acid attack on one of the local politicians Amos Katureebe, who represents Nyamityobora B on Mbarara Municipal Council.
Police in Mbarara had been hunting for him, before the Court issued criminal summons against him in February.
Bataringaya is brother to the Mbarara Municipality Speaker Bonny Tashobya, who is said to have hatched a plan kill his rival Amos Katureebe, who was scheduled to testify before the Bamugemereire land commission in November last year about the sale of the council land.
The other 3 suspects are; Don Kizito Baryayesiima, Mbiine Emmanuel and Geoffrey Sali.
One of the suspects Geoffrey Sali, a Rwandan national pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Today, the chief magistrate Samuel Twakire read the charges to the suspects, all of whom pleaded not guilty.
Through his lawyer Enock Twinamatsiko, the UPDF officer Bataringaya asked court to be released on bail.
However, the state prosecutor Anthony Kurijushuli asked court to deny the applicant’s bail saying, “It was very difficult to arrest the accused person and if released on bail it will be hard to re-arrest him.”
The prosecutor also expressed fear that being an army officer; the suspect’s sureties would have no influence on ensuring that he doesn’t jump bail, and also that he was likely to interfere with the witnesses.
The chief magistrate concurred with the state attorney’s submission and remanded the suspect to Kyamugorani prison, till 30 April 2018 when the case returns for hearing.
The suspect was further escorted to police to record a statement since he has been in hiding.