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Man Sentenced Two Years in Jail for Conspiring With Girlfriend To Kill Wife

The Chief Magistrate, Nalugya, sentenced Musoke to two years in jail, considering the ten months he had already spent in remand. Additionally, she ordered the State Attorney to amend the plea bargain agreement to accommodate the requests made by the wife.
The Luwero Magistrate Court has handed down a two-year jail sentence to Friday Musoke, a resident of Lumule South zone in Bombo town council, for his involvement in a conspiracy to kill his wife, Lilian Namboowa. Musoke, a businessman, and his girlfriend, Enid Kanyonyozi, have been on remand since January 13, 2023, facing charges related to the conspiracy. 

Earlier this year, both Musoke and Kanyonyozi pleaded not guilty. The prosecution presented several witnesses in the case. However, during their recent appearance before the Luwero Chief Magistrate Mariam Nalugya Ssemwanga, Musoke expressed his willingness to enter into a plea bargain arrangement in exchange for a more lenient sentence. 

The charges were re-read to Musoke, and on his own plea, the magistrate convicted him. State Attorney Gloria Akello explained that between June 2022 and January 2023, Musoke conspired with his girlfriend, Kanyonyozi, to eliminate his wife as a result of ongoing domestic violence. On December 21, 2022, Musoke approached Dr. Onesmus Bainomugisha of Global Medical Center in Bombo town, offering Shillings 5 million to carry out the act. 

Kanyonyozi made an initial deposit of 500,000 Shillings to Dr. Bainomugisha on December 29, 2022, as part of their sinister plan. Akello added that Musoke obtained chloroform from the medical center to incapacitate his wife before taking her to Dr. Bainomugisha, who would administer a lethal injection. Dr. Bainomugisha reported the matter to the police, and a plan was devised to provide Musoke with a non-toxic liquid before arresting him upon receipt from the medical center. 

During the arrest, Musoke admitted his intentions, claiming that his wife had made his life difficult, undermined his authority, and turned their four children against him. Akello noted that although the maximum sentence for the offense is 14 years, a plea bargain arrangement led to a two-year sentence for Musoke, considering his status as a first-time offender and his role as the caretaker of four children, despite his intentions to harm their mother.

In her defense, lawyer Claire Mbabazi stated that Musoke willingly forfeited his rights as part of the plea bargain agreement. Lilian Namboowa, the victim, expressed her desire for a lenient sentence, given that she has four children with Musoke. She also requested the court to order Musoke's relatives to release fees from their rental properties and grant her the authority to recover 40 million shillings from school supplies they had jointly provided through their shop. 

The Chief Magistrate, Nalugya, sentenced Musoke to two years in jail, considering the ten months he had already spent in remand. Additionally, she ordered the State Attorney to amend the plea bargain agreement to accommodate the requests made by the wife. Musoke was subsequently returned to Butuntumula prison to commence his two-year sentence, while Kanyonyozi, who declined the plea bargain arrangement, had her case adjourned to November 27, 2023, for a hearing.

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