By Babirye Sania
The deputy registrar of the high court criminal division Emmanuel Baguma has further remanded to Luzira prison a one Baker Walusimbi charged with the 2006 murder of three university female students.
Baguma explained that the trial judge Yasin Nyanzi was away in Nakasongola on other court duties.
Last month justice Nyanzi gave a 30 days ultimatum to trace the whereabouts of the two court assessors in the case after principal state attorney Gladys Nyanzi informed court that the whereabouts of the acessors are still unknown.
The judge reached the decision after court failed to rule on the case that had stalled for 11 years because of the disappearance of the assessors since 2006.
Justice Nyanzi had ruled that he will be forced to grant unconditional bail to Walusimbi if by today the registrar had failed to locate the whereabouts of the two court assessors.
The judge further noted that the suspect has had his rights to a fair and speedy trial violated for the past 11 years that he has been on remand awaiting the determination of his case.
The judge explained that if the office of the registrar finally locates the two court assessors by then, the state can re arrest Walusimbi have him charged and committed to stand a fresh trial for the different murder counts.
He said that in case this happens the case will be the longest retrial after 11 years when Walusimbi was first committed for trial.
Walusimbi was arrested on January 21st/2006 as a result of a joint crack unit by police when 2 female bodies were found raped with slit throats but dumped in different areas in Kampala.
He was consequently charged before Buganda Road Court with 3 counts of murdering Moreen Nabbale, Jacqline Najjombwe and Maria Kaitesi.