High court resident judge for Masindi, Justice Frank Albert Rugandya Atwooki has acquitted seven people who have been under trial since 2013 for allegedly murdering Nasanairi Byaruhanga, a resident of Kitongole village in Kyabigambire Sub County, Hoima district.
Ruagadya acquitted the seven people on Monday after finding out that, the state had not provided evidence that they participated in killing of late Byaruhanga. He ruled that, there was death that was unlawful but there was no evidence that the accused persons participated in the murder and therefore acquitted and set them free immediately.
The seven people who were set free were identified as Tegras Kaahwa, Davis Asiimwe, Moses Barongo, and Nicholas Agonza. Others are Augustine Aganyira, Beatrice Kaahwa and Richard Ikiriza, all residents of Kitongole village, Kyabigambire Sub County in Hoima district.
The state through senior resident state attorney for Masindi, Richard Birivumbuka has alleged that, on 9th February 2013, the accused persons killed Nasanairi Byaruhanga for allegedly being a thief something that was unlawful and postmortem was made by Dr. Bitamazire of Hoima regional referral hospital.
Detective Assistant Inspector of Police, Wafula Peter said that, he participated in investigations of the case adding that, witnesses told him that the accused persons were armed with sticks and Pangas that they used to kill the deceased and burnt him. He said the accused persons denied murder charges.
Birivumbuka prayed that, the accused persons be punished because their act was unlawful. However; justice Rugadya said that, Patrick Bainomugisa whom the state referred to as star witness, during cross examination told court that, he did not see any of the suspects participating in the killing and that those he show beating the deceased were not in court.
Rugadya added that, another witness called Katongole told court that he did not see any of the accused persons holding sticks.
Suzan Zemei and Simon Kasangaki, the lawyers who represented the accused persons said that, some of the information was gathered by police detectives from a bar and apart from witnessing the death of Byruhanga, none of the witnesses confirmed participation of the accused persons and prayed that the case be dismissed.