Justice Anthony Ojok Oyuku on Tuesday sentenced Joshua Jjumba alias Sulaiman Fred Kirabo a resident of Namayonjo village in Wabinyonyi Sub County in Nakasongola to life imprisonment after he convicted him of four counts of murder contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the penal code act.
The High Court in Nakasongola district has jailed a 28-year-old
man to life imprisonment for murder.
Justice Anthony Ojok Oyuku on Tuesday sentenced Joshua Jjumba
alias Sulaiman Fred Kirabo a resident of Namayonjo village in Wabinyonyi Sub County
in Nakasongola to life imprisonment after he convicted him of four counts of
murder contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the penal code act.
The Prosecution led by Nakasongola State Attorney Angelo Wasswa Bengo told High
Court sitting at Nakasongola prisons that on 5th Day of December 2019, Jjumba
with malice aforethought unlawfully killed four people that include Amos Sekanza
aged only seven years, Meseach Mawanda (10), Judith Adur (33) and Aloysius
Matovu (93 years).
According to a brief statement of the offence, Jjumba picked a panga from his
home and walked to Wabigalo village where he met Mawanda and beheaded
him. He went ahead and grabbed Sekanza from her mother and he beheaded
Jjumba moved a short distance and found Adur carrying firewood before he also
beheaded her. Jjumba also beheaded Matovu whom he found peeling bananas in
the kitchen. Jjumba later handed himself to Katugo Police checkpoint and he
confessed how he killed the four people.
The prosecution tabled the post-mortem of the deceased, charge and caution
statement of the statement, suspect identification parade report, and items
recovered from the scene upon which the High Court based on to convict
However, Jjumba denied some of the confession statements he made before the
The State Attorney Angelo Bengo Wasswa asked the Judge to sentence the convict
to 200 years in jail to deter others from committing the same crime.
But the defence lawyer for the convict Edward Ndahura asked Court to grant
Jjumba a lenient sentence saying he is young, a first offender and can be
rehabilitated by a psychiatrist.
While delivering his sentence, Oyuku said that the offence was horrible which
caused panic in seven districts including Nakasongola, Luwero, Masindi,
Kampala, Apac and Amolator among others.
Ojok observed that the innocent lives including those of children
were lost but the convict was not remorseful throughout the trial only to deny
some parts of his confession statement which didn’t favour him.
Ojok explained that murder attracts a maximum sentence of death in worst crimes
and the case is not in the category but close.
He said that he found it appropriate to sentence Jjumba to serve his
entire life in jail.
Jjumba has 14 days to appeal the sentence.
During the search for Jjumba, Policemen shot dead a local musician Kevin
Mutegesi also known as Sida Man in a possible mistaken identity.
Another resident believed to be mentally ill Fred Mbeta was shot dead by Police
during an arrest at Namayonjo village after he was found with a panga and
suspected by locals to be among the men who killed people at nearby Wabigalo