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Court Jails Man 33-Years for Strangling his Father to Death

Masaka High Court Judge Winfred Nabisinde said that the court received overwhelming evidence indicating that the convict Godfrey Ssenyange strangled his father Joseph Mwai following a misunderstanding on land ownership.
The High Court in Masaka has sentenced a 35-year-old man to a jail sentence of 33 years, for killing his biological father. 

Masaka High Court Judge Winfred Nabisinde said that the court received overwhelming evidence indicating that the convict Godfrey Ssenyange strangled his father Joseph Mwai following a misunderstanding on land ownership. 

State prosecutor Amina Nkasa, on Friday, told the court that Ssenyange committed the offence on November 2, 2017, after his father declined a request to give him part of his land. By the time of the gruesome incident, Ssenyange was living in his father’s house, located at Nkoni, in Lwengo district. 

Ssenyange pleaded guilty to the offence and asked the court to give him a simple punishment because he is the breadwinner for his family which he says was left homeless and isolated after the incident. His lawyer also indicated that Ssenyange was remorseful for his actions. 

But the state prosecutor asked for a maximum punishment indicating that the deceased was an elderly man who needed his son’s protection but instead turned against him and took away his life.  

Justice Nabisinde said that the action of killing his father is an abomination and that communities need to be protected from people like Ssenyange, who, instead of using their energy to work, use it to fight for other peoples properties.

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