Rakai.- Thirteen suspected cannibals accused of killing and eating a 21-year-old woman and her nine-month-old baby in Rakai District have been remanded to Masaka prison on charges of murder.
The suspects appeared before Kalisizo Grade One Magistrate’s Court on Friday but could not plead to the charges because murder is a capital offence only tried by the High Court.
It is alleged that on March 23, at Kyakirugu village in Kyarulangira Sub-county, Mr Asaf Muhimbise, 50, and others, killed Ms Peace Kyamukama Arinaitwe and her nine-month-baby and ate them.
On the fateful day, Ms Kyamukama and her husband, Deus Bandihi, were returning from a burial in another village heading to their home in Kisekka Sub-county, Lwengo District.
But darkness fell before they reached their village and they sought shelter at Muhimbise’s home for a night, expecting to resume their journey the following day. At night, as Ms Kyamukama and her husband were asleep, Muhimbise allegedly called her out of the house, purportedly to pick a bedding for her baby.
Prosecution alleges that when she went out, Muhimbise and his co-accused cut her and the baby into pieces, which they shared and took away to eat.
One assailant attempted to hack the husband but he escaped under darkness.
The state prosecutor, Ms Mariam Akite, told the presiding Magistrate, Ms Suzan Awidi, that the prison in Rakai was over-congested and asked for the suspects to be remanded to Masaka prison as police investigations continued.
The suspects will return to court on May 22 for mention of their case.