soldier has been jailed 25
years for killing his
girlfriend. Private Joshua Nyongeza, 23, from Butogo barracks, was convicted on Friday by the
Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) Mountain Division Court Martial sitting
in Bundibugyo district on Friday.
The accused was implicated in the
shooting and killing of his girlfriend Juliet Evadesi on June 15, an incident recorded at Butogo
II village in Kisuba sub-county. Juliet’s body was
found lying near Nyongesa’s tent.
During the trial, Nyongeza confessed to
the murder and asked for leniency saying that he committed the offence ‘out of too much love.’ However, there was no explanation
of how too much love could lead him to kill someone.
The chairperson of the court-martial Lt. Col Felix Nyeko said
there was sufficient evidence to implicate Nyongeza to the incident. He said the sentence should serve as a
warning to army personnel to desist from using their weapons.
The second convict brought under the same case Major Francis
Ojare was found guilty of accessory and is to serve 18 months in prison. The court
indicated that Maj. Ojare who was the commander at the time of the incident was
slow to respond and tended to conceal information regarding the incident.
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Pte Nyongesa will serve his 25-year jail term from Mubuku Government Prison while
Major Ojare will be in Makindye Military Prison, Kampala. But
before that, the convicts have up to 1- days to appeal against the conviction.
This conviction comes barely
three days after another court sitting in Kasese District convicted Pte.
Abraham Lokwap, 23, to 35 years in jail for the killing of Benon Nsimenta a lay-reader at Kogere Church