Tonku’s appeal against death sentence deferred

KAMPALA.

The bid by convict Thomas Nkulungira, alias Tonku, to overturn his death sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Brenda Karamuzi, has been postponed to May 4.

The Court of Appeal was yesterday scheduled to hear the appeal but Tonku’s lawyer Benson Tusasirwe asked court for more time on grounds that he had just joined the defence team and he was therefore not ready to proceed.

Mr Tusasirwe requested for time to enable him acquaint himself with key elements that form the basis of Tonku’s appeal.

The appeal was to be heard by a panel of three justices: Augustine Nshimye, Eldad Mwangusya, and Kenneth Kakuru.

“I perused the file and it was extremely engaging. I have only had one meeting with the appellant (Tonku). I need further meetings with him. I cannot handle the appeal in a perfunctory manner right now and yet the appellant is fighting for his life,” said Mr Tusasirwe.

Senior principal state attorney Jane Okuo Kajuga, who represented the Director of Public Prosecutions, did not oppose the application for adjournment by Tonku’s lawyer.

A visibly healthy Tonku was present in court to follow his appeal closely. The deceased’s mother, Ms Joy Karamuzi was also in court.
The judges, however, rejected Mr Tusasirwe’s plea to have the appeal hearing adjourned until the next criminal session.

Prosecution alleges that Tonku killed his ex-girl friend Karamuzi between January 18 and 30, 2010 at Kijjwa Zone-Bukasa near Muyenga, a Kampala suburb and dumped her body in a septic tank.
Karamuzi’s decomposing body was discovered by a fumigator at Tonku’s house.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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