Magistrate apologises over absence in murder trial

JINJA- Jinja Grade I Magistrate Allan Gakyalo has apologised to the family of the late Makerere University student, Desire Mirembe, over his failure to avail himself to preside over what had been scheduled to be the second mention of the case.

Mr Gakyalo was two weeks ago meant to preside over a case in which Andrew Kirabo, also a Makerere University student, is accused of killing Mirembe and dumping her body in a sugar cane plantation at Kibuubu village, Lugazi town council in Buikwe District.

He did not show up drawing protests from Mirembe’s father, Mr Emmanuel Musoke. On Tuesday morning during the rescheduled second mention, Mr Gakyalo explained that it was only after their protests that he became aware of their presence at court.

“There was no ill motive. Please accept my apologies and let us pray that justice prevails,” he said.

Mr Gakyalo also noted that Magistrates Courts do not have jurisdiction over cases of capital nature.

“I have no jurisdiction to handle this case, my role is to mention it and once findings are over, the suspect will be committed to the High Court for trial,” he said.

Mr Musoke, who is also the LC5 chairman of Kalungu District, accepted the magistrate’s apology.
“We have heard your defence and we have no objection with the procession, we request for justice to prevail,” said Mr Musoke.

The court granted request of a period of one month by the prosecution to conclude investigations into the case. Mr Kirabo was remanded to Kirinya government prison until October 20.