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High Court Criminal Session Kicks Off In Masaka

Justice Nabisinde said the session will focus on inmates who have been on remand since 2014. The suspects face crimes including murder, aggravated defilement, robbery and simple defilement among others. She said a few cases of 2018 and 2019 that don’t require long trial because of plea bargaining will also be considered in the session.
More than 50 cases are lined to be heard in the High court criminal session at Masaka High court under the Masaka region magisterial area. The criminal session which started on Monday, is presided over by Masaka Resident Judge, Dr. Winfred Nabisinde. 

The session will run for a month with the aim of addressing the challenge of case backlog in Masaka high court.  In her opening remarks, Justice Nabisinde said the session will focus on inmates who have been on remand since 2014.  

The suspects are charged with crimes including murder, aggravated defilement, robbery and simple defilement among others. She said a few cases of 2018 and 2019 that don’t require long trial because of plea bargaining will also be considered in the session.      

According to Justice Nabisinde, the judiciary is committed to ensuring that every Ugandan gets proper justice despite the challenges. She swore in four court assessors that will court in this session. Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Herman Ssentongo welcomed the opening of the criminal court session and raised concern over high cases of defilement and murders in the region.

He however, said security agencies in Masaka region are committed to fighting crime and asked the judiciary to put up more criminal sessions so that justice can be served. 

Andrew Kabuye, one of the people found at court and a resident of Kasensero landing site in Kyotera district, was also excited about the criminal court session, saying that he is expecting to get justice for his 3 and half year daughter that was defiled in 2014 by a casual laborer since the case has been fixed for hearing.      

The session kicked off with the bail application hearing of suspected Germany pedophile, Bernhard Glaser Bery.

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