In his judgement, Justice Stephen Mubiru the former Gulu High Court Judge and the current Judge of the Commercial Court in Kampala said the maximum punishment for murder if death but it can be reduced if the accused is a first offender who shows possibility of reforming
26-year-old woman was on Wednesday evening sentenced to 28 years and eleven
months in jail for murdering her husband over 10,000 shillings.
Layet, a resident of Okwici Village, Angara Parish, Akwang Sub –County in
Kitgum District was convicted and sentenced for murdering Patrick Ocan aged 24 who
was a senior two student by the time of his death.
heard that Layet stabbed Ocan to death with a knife on the night of December 17th,
2017 from their home after Ocan returned from a drinking joint and was
demanding for his 10,000 shillings that she had borrowed earlier on.
to Prosecution led by Patrick Omiya, the accused person on committing the
offense contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act, ran and reported
herself to her relatives in Kitgum, leading to her arrest and that when police
visited the crime scene, they recovered the blood stained knife she used for stabbing the
deceased, hidden on the corner of their hut.
his judgement from Gulu High Court, Justice Stephen Mubiru, the former Gulu High Court Judge and the
current Judge of the Commercial Court in Kampala said the maximum punishment
for murder if death but that a lighter alternative can be imposed if the accused is
a first offender who shows a possibility of reforming.
to Justice Mubiru, because of many factors of mitigation in Layet’s case which
include her youthfulness and the fact that she is an orphan, he reduced her
sentence to 32 years in jail. He said after deducting the 3 years and one month
she spent on remand, Layet would be left with 28 years and 11 months in jail.
added that Layet has the right to appeal against both the conviction and sentence
within a period of 14 days.