Desh’s murder trial postponed to next year

KAMPALA- The murder trial of businessman Andrew Kananura a.k.a Desh on Thursday failed to take off for the third time due to changing of state attorneys.

Desh is charged with murdering Badru Kateregga, a worker at his Panamera Bar in Naguru, two years ago. He is charged with four others: his brother Raymond Kananura, Cyrus Maganda, Samuel Muzulewa and Jacob Onyango.

When the case came up for hearing at the High Court in Nakawa, the new prosecutor Jane Okuo said she was not ready to proceed with the trial because she had just been allocated the case file.

“My lord, I have over 40 witness statements for each of the five accused persons. I pray for an adjournment to enable me read the file and also disclose the intended evidence to the defence lawyer,” Ms Okuo said.

“This is not a simple case that I can do everything in just a few days. I also need to trace for some witnesses who have relocated up country,” she added.

Kananura’s defence lawyer Kandeebe Ntambirweki said he had no objection to the adjournment but complained that the State was delaying justice by continuously changing prosecutors.

“My lord, the first time the State allocated the file to a new prosecutor, it was a mistake. The second time it was may be a coincidence but this third time it seems it has become a habit. We defence lawyers are ready and committed to defending our clients for justice to prevail,” Mr Ntabirweki said.
Justice Masalu Musene adjourned the hearing to January 15, 2015.

Prosecution alleges that on September 31, 2012 at Desh’s Panamera Bar, the accused beat and killed Kateregga, a bar attendant, over Shs30, 000 the deceased had received as a tip from a customer.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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