Brian Bagyenda, the son a retired army officer Colonel Frank Kaka Bagyenda has been sentenced to 32 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend, Enid Twijukye after he noticed textual content messages she exchanged with one other man.
Colonel Bagyenda, is a retired army officer in the Uganda Individuals’s Defence Forces and present Director Normal of the Inner Safety Organisation (ISO) Uganda authorities’s counter intelligence company accountable for offering nationwide safety intelligence to Uganda’s coverage makers.
Bagyenda, a pharmacist was on Monday, February 17, 2020, convicted of murder by Justice Moses Kazibwe of the Excessive Court docket in Kampala alongside his accomplices Harmless Bainomugisha, a-24-year-old cleaner and Vincent Rwahwire, a 28-year-old informal employee.
Enid Twijukye, a 22-year-old former scholar of Makerere College Enterprise Faculty (MUBs) was killed in January 2016 and physique dumped in a swamp.
Enid had disappeared after having lunch along with her household that day in Bweyogerere and was by no means seen house once more. The next day her telephones went off, prompting her mom, Esther Mirembe Nkoko to contact her different daughters about her whereabouts.
Police later recovered Twijukye’s decomposing physique in Namanve forest, 11km away from the murder scene after the household had reported her lacking. Bagyenda reportedly informed the investigating officers at Jinja Highway Police Station that his first assertion about how his lover had robbed him of Shs4 million was not true.
“I killed her because I loved her so much that I could not allow her to get married to a Rastafarian. I learnt of her other man from the messages they were exchanging and what pissed me off mostly was Enid fixing a day to take the Rastafarian to meet her parents in Kiruhura instead of me,” he reportedly informed cops,
Justice Kazibwe, amongst different issues, mentioned that Bagyenda was of sound thoughts when he killed his girlfriend.
In accordance to him, this was evidenced when Bagyenda despatched his maid to Kalerwe market, which is extra distant from his house as an alternative of Luzira, to purchase him a bottle of soda earlier than he elevated the quantity of the music system and drew down curtains to stop anybody from seeing what was occurring in the home.
Justice Kazibwe additional famous that the proof given by prosecution witnesses was sufficient to pin the different accomplices, Bainomugisha and Rwahwire for murder.
He mentioned that it was clear the two participated in the grotesque murder since they didn’t report the crime to police after they have been paid by Bagyenda. He convicted them earlier than adjourning courtroom proceedings for about an hour.
When courtroom resumed, the prosecution aspect led by Ms Joan Keko and Mr Joseph Kyomuhendo, in their mitigating elements, requested courtroom for a demise penalty given the nature of the crime.
Prosecution famous that Twijukye, a college scholar at the time, had a shiny future forward of her. They additional argued that police data indicated that there have been hundreds of murder circumstances and subsequently, the convicts deserved no mercy from courtroom to ship a sign to different could be offenders.
Nonetheless, Bagyenda’s lawyer, Mr Allan Sserulika contended that the murder circumstances referred to by prosecution had not been dedicated by his consumer and subsequently, he deserved a lenient sentence since he was a first-time offender and had a psychological sickness at the time of the offence.
After weighing proof from either side and listening to the mitigating elements, the decide reasoned that prosecution had given sufficient proof to present that Bagyenda had premeditated to kill his girlfriend from Januray 3, 2016.
In accordance to the decide, disagreements in love relationships are a typical incidence and shouldn’t be cause for ending one’s life.
“Life is sacred to be taken in non-legal circumstances. The deceased was a young person responsible for assisting her family and had a future ahead but all these were cut short by the inconsiderate and criminal behaviors of the convicts,” he mentioned earlier than including that Bainomugisha and Rwahwire may have prevented participation in committing murder.
“They are not are not robots to be ordered contrary to the submission of their lawyer who insisted that they acted under the command of A1 (Bagyenda). But I do not find this to be rare of the rarest cases meriting the death sentence. A custodial sentence is fitting in the circumstances considering all the mitigating factors,” Justice Kazibwe mentioned earlier than sentencing them to 32 years every.
Since they’d been on remand for three years, the decide mentioned their remand interval could be decreased from their sentence of 32 years.
“However, all three can appeal within 14 days from the date of judgment,” Justice Kazibwe mentioned.