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Court to rule on Entebbe murders on Thursday

By Sania Babirye
Kampala high court judge Wilson Kwesiga has set tomorrow the 24th of January to rule on whether or not the Entebbe business man Ivan Katongole implicated as a key suspect in a series of women murders in Entebbe and Wakiso district has a case to answer over the murder allegations.

This is after the state concluded its case in which it produced six witnesses to pin Katongole and two others for the murder of a one Rose Nakimuli a former resident of Kitala LC1 in Katabi Town council on the 24th of July 2017.

The witnesses included a husband to the deceased Anatoli Ndyabagenyi and five police officers who led to the arrest of the suspects after caring out investigations.

State prosecutor Baston Baguma has now asked court to find a pre-mafacie case against the accused so that they can defend themselves.
However , Katongole’s lawyers Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochienge have asked court to set their client free on grounds that the alleged state witnesses did not place the suspects at the crime scene which would have linked them to the murder.

Katongole a Fish export at Kasenyi landing site is jointly charged with a one Andrew Kizito and Hellen Nabaggala.

On the 4th of December 2018, hearing began with prosecutions producing the late’s husban Anatoli Ndyabagenyi as its first witness.
Anatoli Ndyabagenyi testified before court that he last saw his wife alive on the night of 22nd of July 2017 before leaving for his second home at Kawafu -Kabaale Parish -Wakiso district.
Ndyabagenyi a business consultant informed court that he had been living together with the deceased for one and half years at their home in Kitala.
He narrated that on the 24th of July 2017 morning, his neighbor in Kitala called him and asked him to rush to Kitala which was a few meters away from his home
And that as he closely approached his home, he saw people and police men gathered in a near by garden looking at a dead body of a half naked woman which was lying with its face down.
And that a few meters away, he noticed a familiar jumper that resembled that of his wife hanging on a cassava plantation which he new belonged to his wife and its what he used to identify her.
Ndyabagenyi also managed to identify in court 2 out of the 3 suspects including Andrew Kizito whom he says owned a bar that him and the late Nakimuli used to frequent while Nabaggala was introduced to him by his late wife as a cousin sister.
He testified that he saw Nabaggala at the crime scene and asked her to inform Nakimuli’s parents at Kaleemera- Mukono but she replied that she could not contact anyone since she had lost her phone.

That however after burial, he got a call from Nakimuli’s half sister-Nanteza asking him to do whatever it takes to contact Nabaggala because police had named her as a key suspect in the deceased’s murder hence tricking her into coming to his home at Kitala where police arrested her from.

The other 2 suspects are police officers from Mpala and Entebbe police stations who arrested the 3 suspects, visited the crime scene and impounded Katongole’s vehicles which they suspected of carrying the dead bodies.

Court also accepted two prosecution exhibits including a post moterm report from Mulago hospital which indicated that Nakimuli died due to excessive bleeding and manual strangulation and medical examination reports regarding the sane mental state of the 3 suspects as presented by state prosecutor Baston Baguma.

Katongole and two others are charged with the murder of a woman Rose Nakimuli after they allegedly kidnapped her from Wakiso district in July 2017 .
These were formally charged on the 10th of December 2018 with the murder and pleaded not guilty.

In June 2018 , Katongole was charged jointly with the deceased’s sister Hellen Nabagala and a one Andrew Kizito who all pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful killing at Entebbe high court.
The deceased who was a hair dresser from Kitala zone and believed to have been the 5th woman to be killed in Entebbe was allegedly murdered on the 24th of July and her body was recovered from a banana plantation with marks of strangulation and sticks inserted in her private parts .

Katongole and his co accused were subsequently arrested in the month of September and committed for trial by the Entebbe magistrate court in May this year.

On the 24th of September 2018, Katongole a resident of Nkumba-Kigero zone had applied to be released on bail pending trial on grounds that bail is his constitutional right and that there might be a likely hood of delay for the High court to cause list his case for hearing but was denied bail.

In June 2018 , Katongole was charged jointly with the deceased’s sister Hellen Nabagala and a one Andrew Kizito who all pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful killing at Entebbe high court.
The deceased who was a hair dresser from Kitala zone and believed to have been the 5th woman to be killed in Entebbe was allegedly murdered on the 24th of July and her body was recovered from a banana plantation with marks of strangulation and sticks inserted in her private parts .

Katongole and his co accused were subsequently arrested in the month of September and committed for trial by the Entebbe magistrate court in May this year.

On the 24th of September 2018, Katongole a businessman dealing in Fish export and a resident of Nkumba-Kigero zone had applied to be released on bail pending trial on grounds that bail is his constitutional right and that there might be a likely hood of delay for the Highcourt to cause list his case for hearing but was denied bail.

In june 2018 , Katongole was charged jointly with the deceased’s sister Hellen Nabagala and a one Andrew Kizito who all pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful killing at Entebbe high court.
The deceased who was a hair dresser from Kitala zone and believed to have been the 5th woman to be killed in Entebbe was allegedly murdered on the 24th of July and her body was recovered from a banana plantation with marks of strangulation and sticks inserted in her private parts .

Katongole and his co accussed were subsequently arrested in the month of september and commited for trial by the Entebbe magistrate court in May this year.

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