Suspected serial killer could be release

Suspected serial killer could be release

By Sania Babirye

The deputy registrar of the high court criminal division Emmanuel Baguma has been given a 30 day ultimatum to trace the whereabouts of the two court accessors in the 2006 suspected serial killer Walusimbi case.

The 30 day ultimatum has been issued by Justice Yasin Nyanzi after principal state attorney Gladys Nyanzi informed court that the whereabouts of the accessors 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 accessors since 2006.

Justice Nyanzi says that he will be forced to grant unconditional bail to Walusimbi if by 29th of May the registrar fails to locate the whereabouts of the two court accessors.

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 has explained that if the office of the registrar finally locates the two court accessors 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 two 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.