The Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction and sentence of businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. Three justices led by Remmy Kasule confirmed on Thursday the sentence of life imprisonment handed down to Kajubi by the High Court in Masaka in 2012. Other justices were, Faith Mwondah and Eldad Mwangusya.
Prosecution said Kajubi masterminded the murder of juvenile Joseph Kasirye in October 2008 in ritual human sacrifice and cut off the boy’s private parts and other body parts which were later found in his shrine in Masaka. After his conviction in 2012, Kajubi appealed against both the conviction and sentence in the Court of Appeal.
He argued that the trial judge of the High Court had failed to corroborate the evidence of his former co-accused persons the witchdoctor Umar Katerega and his wife Mariam Nabukeera, whose testimonies, he said, were not credible. Katerega and his wife were hired by Kajubi to murder the boy, court heard.
They were initially jointly charged with Kajubi but were later turned into state witnesses.“There is overwhelming evidence of MTN printouts that place Kajubi at the scene of crime in sites of Masaka and not in Jinja where he claims to have been when the child was killed,” the judges noted.
Inconsistencies They also noted some inconsistencies in the evidence of his former co-accused persons Katerega and his wife Nabukeera, which they orally gave in court and in their charge-and-caution statement at the police and their plain statements on who actually killed Kasirye.
However, they said, despite the inconsistence, both testimonies confirm the couple knew something about the boy’s death because they are the ones who killed and Kajubi came to pick the head and the private parts, having lured the deceased with the promise of a job.
“After commission of the crime, Kajubi disappeared from all his known homes and switched of all his phones which conduct was not of an innocent person,” the judges noted, adding that the sentence of life in prison was not excessive considering the gruesome murder of the deceased. Kajubi’s lawyer, Mr Anthony Wameli, said he would consider appealing to the Supreme Court.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor