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Court Martial Quashes Video Confession Pinning SFC Officer for Murder :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Court Martial Quashes Video Confession Pinning SFC Officer for Murder

Prosecution alleges that on December 23, 2023, Ecee, dressed in military attire, entered a hardware shop in Loro Town Council, demanding money.
Julius Ecee before the Division Court Martial in Loro, Oyam District (Photo by Immaculate Amony)

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The Division Court Martial of 01 Special Forces Group (SRG) of the Special Forces Command (SFC) has dismissed a video confession allegedly made by one of their officers regarding a civilian shooting.

RA /239288 Julius Ecee was charged with murder and aggravated robbery during a court session held at Loro Town Council headquarters in Oyam District. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.

In a video produced before the court by James Oyat, the in-charge of investigation at the Special Investigative Branch (SIB), Ecee confessed to the crimes, citing personal motives. 

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Prosecution led by Lt. David Basiima asked court to consider and enter the video and its content as admission of guilt by the accused person (Ecee).

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But defense counsel Lt. Hilary Rugyendo basing on section 23 (1) of the evidence Act asked court to disregard the video and expunge all evidence in it from records of court saying the video was taken out of coercion.

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Lt. Col. Moses Nabaasa, the Division Court Chairman, ruled that the video does not constitute a valid confession.

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Prosecution alleges that on December 23, 2023, Ecee, dressed in military attire, entered a hardware shop in Loro Town Council, demanding money. 

When the shop attendant fled, Ecee fired his weapon, injuring three people and stealing money from the counter. One of the injured later passed away in the hospital, and Ecee was subsequently arrested.

The court proceedings continue, with the defense and prosecution presenting their respective cases.