Four Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Law Enforcement Officers picked up in connection with the death of Oliver Basemera, a hawker, have appeared in court.
The four appeared on Thursday afternoon before Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate on charges of manslaughter contrary to section 187 and 190 of the Penal Code Act.
They are Tito Kigiro, Eria Waswa, Moses Tebyasa and Farouk Mpima. Ntwiba Kaine, the State Prosecutor told court that on August 4th, 2017 while at Mukwano Round about in Central Division in Kampala District, the four unlawfully caused the death of Oliver Basemera.
She drowned in Nakivubo channel on Friday last week while evading arrest by the KCCA Law enforcement team. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their KCCA lawyers, Hillary Musimenta and Michael Mukwana.
Mukwana told court that the suspects are first time offenders and have been in Police Cells since Friday. He also told court that the four are KCCA employees and willingly reported to Jinja Road Police Station when they were called to record statements.
Each of the suspects presented three sureties. The state prosecutors raised no objection to the bail application. Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate granted the suspects bail on Shillings 500,000 cash and bonded each of their sureties for Shillings 3 million not cash. She asked the suspects to return to court on August 21st for mention of their case.
Section 187 of the Penal Code states that “any person who by an unlawful act or omission causes the death of another person commits the felony termed manslaughter”.
The Penal Code Act defines an unlawful omission as “an omission amounting to culpable negligence to discharge a duty tending to the preservation of life or health, whether such omission is or is not accompanied by an intention to cause death or bodily harm.”
Section 190 stipulates that “any person who commits the felony of manslaughter is liable to imprisonment for life.”