Kampala High court judge Yasin Nayanzi has released on bail Patrick Agaba aka Pato one of the key suspects in the murder of Susan Magara.
Pato who is not officially charged with the murder of susan Magara has granted bail on another case in which he is charged with the kidnap of another woman Joan Alupo in 2013.
While granting him bail, justice Nyanzi ruled that Pato has not yet been committed to the high court for trial yet he has been in custody since March 2018 in South Africa after he was arrested on the orders of the Ugandan government in relation to Susan Magara’s murder.
He was also found to have a fixed place of abode in lower Mawanga Buziga and also presented substantial sureties including his father Christopher Kasaija who also presented a duplicated copy of his land title in Hoima.
This was supported with the fact that state prosecutor Joan Tumwikirize did not object to his bail application but instead asked court to temporarily release him on stringent bail terms.
And as a result, justice Nyanzi has ordered him to execute his Buziga land agreement in the names of his wife Patra Kuginza before court and warned him that if he absconds from court, his property will be taken over by the government and bared from leaving the country without court’s permission.
He has also been ordered to deposit his passport before the registrar as investigations into the said kidnap case continues and report before the court’s registrar one every month starting from the last week of August and also reports before the OC Kabakagala police station once every month.
The court has however not released the amount of money for his bail while his biological further Christopher Kasaija and his paternal uncle Richard Kagoro have been ordered to execute a non cash bond of 20 million shillings and his other two sureties who are friends have been ordered to execute a non cash bond of 25million shillings each.
Through his lawyer Robert Mackay, Pato applied for bail pending trial of his kidnap case.
He says that he has a wife and two young children that he must take care of on top of being a law abiding citizen with a good character and will adhere to the set bail conditions if granted bail.
Pato was arrested and extradited from South Africa on charges of murdering Susan Magara, however to the public surprise, he was instead in June produced before Makindye chief magistrate court and charged with the kidnap of Joan Alupo.
Prosecution states that on the 1st of May 2013 Agaba with others still at large while in Muyenga within Kampala, kidnapped Alupo and kept her for 2 days with an intent to procure a ransom of $ 400, 000 from her relatives in exchange for her freedom.
Agaba was in hiding in South Africa since the 27th of February when him and his 9 co accused allegedly murdered Susan Magara and was finally extradited to Uganda from South Africa in May this year but is yet to be officially charged with Magara’s death.
In Magara’s murder case, pato is jointly charged with the Imam of Usafi mosque Mahad Kasalita together with two bodaboda riders Yusuf Lubega and Muzamir Ssali, hawkers Wasswa Hussein and Hassan Kato Milo , a teacher Nakandi Hajara and two businessman Abubakar Kyewolwa and Ismail Bukenya.
His co accused were charged on the 18th of May 2018 with two counts of kidnapping and murdering Susan Magara but were bared from taking any plea since they are charged with a capital offense that can only be tried and bailed by the high court.
Prosecution states that the ten with others still at large on the 7th of February 2018 kidnapped Susan Magara with intent to procure a ransom.
These are further accused with others still at large of murdering Magara on the 27th of febuary 2018 in Wakiso district.
According to police, Agaba is believed to be the suspect behind the voice recorded during the phone negotiations of a one million us dollar ransom that they had asked for in order to have the victim released.
The family is also said to have made an advance payment of 200,000 us dollars about 700million shillings to the alleged suspects on the 24th of February 2018 but the suspects instead ended up killing Magara and dumping her body with two missing fingers.
Pato is also said to have traveled to South Africa on the 25th of February with the saud 700million ransom money.
He was arrested on the 17th of March 2018 at his residence in Midland south Africa, and the Randburg Magistrate court granted his extradition but when Ugandan detectives went to pick him up, they returned empty handed because Pato had secured an injunction against his extradition until the South African government finally cleared his extradition on the 16th of May this year.
The victim who was only 28 years old at the time was working as the administrator and cashier of the family business of Bwendo Diary Farm in Hoima district.
She was kidnapped on the 7th of February 2018 in Lungujja in Mengo on her way to work and held in captivity for three weeks before she was killed and her body dumped between Kajjansi and Kigo along Entebbe express highway .