Bishop Luwalira’s attacker acquitted of charges due to insanity

The Mwanga 2 Magistrate court has ruled that a one Herbert Solomon Kaddu accused of threatening to injure the Namirember diocese Bishop Kityo Luwalira Benin in 2018 is mentally ill and can not stand trial.

Today, grade one magistrate Joel Wegoye acquitted Kaddu if charges including threatening violence and disturbing religious assemblies when he unlawfully entered Namirembe Cathedral and tried to attack the Bishop.

The magistrate ruled that Kaddu is mentally ill and cannot be criminally liable of his insanity despite having threatened to attack Bishop Kityo Luwalira.

And as a result, the magistrate ordered that Kaddu can not go home but must be kept at Luzira prison as a criminal lunatic until the minister of justice issues an order to determine on whether he should be discharged or kept in a psychiatric home .

The magistrate has relied on section 117 of the magistrates Act that he siad bared him from passing sentence to such an accused .

He also relied on evidence from Butabika hospital psychiatrist Dr. Irene Apio who testified that she has been treating Kaddu for Bipolar disorder ; a condition Kaddu has suffered since 1998 during his primary Education .

In her testimony, Dr. Apiyo further testified that Kaddu gets episodes of excessive excitement, restlessness and irritation which makes him believe that he is a super being compared to others .

She also stated that Kaddu is still receiving treatment from Butabiika Hospital as an out-patient and medical documents of his condition were exhibited in court .

The Doctor however mentioned that Kaddu had stabilized but relapsed on 2014 when his family decided to treat him using traditional means after falsely believing that he had supernatural spirits that prevent him from becoming rich .

During hearing of the case, Kaddu ‘s family had told court and police that he was indeed insane but later two police reports disputed the claims on ground that Kaddu was mentally fit o stand trial .

But there evidence could not be relied on since the said police officers failed to testify in court.

Hearing of the case began in may 2018 and state was only able to able to present only one witnesses a church official who was among the persons who tackled Kaddu as he tried to attack the Bishop.

34 year old Herbet Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division was on the 4th of April charged with three counts of disturbing religious assemblies and denied the charges.

He is charged with threatening violence by intending to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.

Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st of April 2017 during an Easter service at Namirembe Cathedral, Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth , threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .

The Bishop is said to have been miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.

Bishop Luwalira’s attacker charged with three counts

Herbert Kaddu who is  charged with   threatening to attack the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira as he was giving the 2018  Easter service has been pinned by an official of the church who intercepted him.
Wasswa Ruben Luwaga is the first prosecution witness and as the case commenced its trial today, he informed Mwanga 2 court grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye  that on that fateful day of 1st April 2018, he saw Kaddu trying to interrupt the ongoing Easter service as he tried to jump to the alter and attack the Bishop while armed with a stick.
He narrated that the stand off lasted about 10 minutes as him and other officials from  church tried to arrest Kaddu who was also dressed in a bark cloth and the whole incident left everyone including the Bishop and the congregation in shock.
Prosecution also rendered in the alleged bark-cloth and stick in court as exhibits.
However, when Kaddu was given a chance by the magistrate to cross examine Luwaga,he turned it down saying he does not remember the events but the only memory he has is people trying to beat him as he explained in vain that he was mentally ill from Butabika hospital.
Kaddu has also informed court that the bark- cloth and the stick were given to him by his grandfather.
Hearing of  the case has further been adjourned to the 2nd of July.
34 year old Herbert Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a  resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division was on the 4th of April charged with three  counts of disturbing religious assemblies and denied the charges.
He is charged with threatening violence by intending  to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira  and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Meanwhile a police medical  report adduced in court also disputed claims by Kaddu’s family member in which they had claimed that he was mentally unstable but the report  instead declared him  sane and fit to stand trial.
Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st  of April 2017 during  an  Easter service at Namirembe  Cathedral,  Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth ,  threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .
The Bishop is said to have been  miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu  causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.

Bishop Luwalira’s attacker sent back behind bars

By Sania Babirye
Mwanga 11 magistrates court has further  remanded   at Luzira prison  Herbert Kaddu who allegedly  threatened to attack the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira as he was giving this year’s  Easter service.
This  follows the Luzira Prison Official’s failure to bring the suspect to court in time.
Today Kaddu was to  hear his bail application but this did not take place because he was brought at the court when grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye had already adjourned his case to a later date.
Kaddu  has been remanded until the 14th of May this year .
34 year old Herbet Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a  resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division was on the 4th of April charged with three  counts of disturbing religious assemblies and denied the charges.
He is charged with threatening violence by intending  to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira  and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Meanwhile a police medical  report adduced in court also disputed claims by Kaddu’s family member in which they had claimed that he was mentally unstable but the report  instead declared him  sane and fit to stand trial.
Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st  of April 2017 during  an  Easter service at Namirembe  Cathedral,  Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth ,  threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .
The Bishop is said to have been  miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu  causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.

Bishop Luwalira’s attacker sent to Luzira

By Sania Babirye
A man who tried  to attack the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira during last Sunday’s Easter service has been charged  and remanded to Luzira prison.
34 year old Herbet Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a  resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division has appeared  in a torn trouser and bare feet before Mwanga 2 court Grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye  and denied three  charges of disturbing religious assemblies.
He is charged with threatening violence by intending  to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira  and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Meanwhile a police medical  report adduced in court has disputed claims by Kaddu’s family member in which they had claimed that he was mentally unstable but the report has instead declared him  sane and fit to stand trial.
Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st  of April 2017 during  an  Easter service at Namirembe  Cathedral,  Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth ,  threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .
The Bishop is said to have been  miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu  causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.
He has been remanded until the 24th of this month since he had no sureties ready to stand for him to be granted bail.

Bishop Luwalira urges Christians to dress decently when going to church

Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese has cautioned Ugandans against domestic violence ahead of this year’s Christmas celebrations.

Delivering his Christmas message this morning at Namirembe Cathedral, Bishop Luwalira called on Christians to look up to Christ as a symbol of hope.

He also asked government to handle the security of Ugandans and their property with wise counsel and discernment.

Bishop Luwalira also decried the suffering of the business community due to heavy taxation and exorbitant loans.

Bishop Luwalira appealed to Christians to dress decently when going for church services.
He called on government and all those in authority to expedite the trial of those implicated for the murder of Muslim clerics.

 

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