In her judgment, Ayo said the convicts deserve a custodial sentence and handed them a four-year jail term. She directed that court refunds the Shillings 2 million they deposited as security for their bail advised the convicts to appeal the decision in a higher court if they are dissatisfied with her judgment.
Uganda Cranes Fan Jackson Ssewanyana alias Uncle Money is to spend four years
in jail for manslaughter. The Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Miriam
Akello Ayo convicted Uncle Money together with Benson Ssenyonga after finding
them guilty of causing the unlawful death of Siraje Akim Tumusiime, a former
mechanic in Kasubi Zone Four in Kampala district.
on August 16, 2019 a few days after being subjected to mob justice. During the
hearing, the court heard that Uncle Money held the deceased by the collar and
dragged him on the road towards the Royal Hotel in Kasubi before handing him
over to a mob led by Ssenyonga.
The mob undressed the deceased and battered
with electricity cables after tying his arms together with the legs. He pleaded with the mob to spare his life in
vain. In her judgment, Ayo noted that Uncle Money and Ssenyonga who were
serving as the Vice-Chairperson and Defense Secretary of the village
respectively ought to have upheld the law but chose to descend on the deceased
and tortured him to death on allegations of being a phone thief.
that the testimony of the prosecution witnesses shows that the convict killed
the deceased in a very barbaric manner, which should be condemned. In her judgment,
Ayo said the convicts deserve a custodial sentence and handed them a four-year
jail term. She directed that court refunds the Shillings 2 million they deposited
as security for their bail advised the convicts to appeal the decision in a
higher court if they are dissatisfied with her judgment.
Prosecutor Timothy Amerit had asked the court to sentence the convicts to 30 years
in jail, arguing that cases of mob justice have been rampant in
societies. However, the convict’s lawyer, Robert Kasozi asked the court to
give his clients a lenient sentence on grounds that they are the sole bread
winners of their families and first-time offenders, a factor the
Magistrate considered while passing her sentence.
widow, Joan Natukunda wasn’t happy with the sentence, saying Uncle Money needed
to be in jail for the rest of his life such that his family can also have their
share of the suffering she is going through. Natukunda, who broke down in court,
said her children didn’t lack anything when their father was still alive but
are currently struggling to survive.