High Court Judge on Monday sentenced Muhammad Sebuufu and six others to 40 years in prison for the murder of businesswoman Betty Donah Katushabe over a nine million-shilling debt in October 2015
The convicts are said to have kidnapped and beaten Katushabe to death after she failed to clear a debt with the bond.
The same court also ordered the group to compensate family of the late with Ugx. 100M
Last month, High court judge Flavia Anglin Sennoga found guilty Pine car bond proprietor Muhammad Sebuufu of murdering Betty Donah Katushabe.
Ssebufu was convicted with six others were found guilty of being an accessory after commission of an offense.
Justice Senoga ruled that prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that Sebuufu and 7 others had a common intention to kidnap Katushabe from her home at Bwebajja , robbed her of her mobile phone and tortured her to death.
The judge explained that prosecution evidence placed the convicts at the scene of crime as those who kidnaped Donah and intentionally caused her death.
Sebuufu had initially been charged with the former Kampala CPS DPC Aaron Baguma over Katusabe’s kidnap and murder but later the DPP without giving any reason to court dropped charges against Baguma and continued with the trial of Ssebuufu and the rest, at the beginning of the trial this year.
According to evidence presented by prosecution, the deceased purchased a car at pine car bond at 13 million but only managed to pay five million.
That after failed attempts by Ssebuufu to have Katushabe pay the remaining 9millions, he instructed his security guards to pick up the victim from her home in Bwebajja along Entebbe road on that fateful day.
Prosecution stated that after kidnapping Katushabe, she was taken directly to Ssebuufu’s office from where she was kicked and beaten with sticks there by causing grievous wounds to her body which led to her death.
‘ ‘In many ways, Ssebuwufu’s conviction for murder is the latest dismantling of Kayihura’s once untouchable circle of trusted lieutenants, many of whom are still rotting in military police cells. These include; Herbert Muhangi, the all-powerful former commander of the Police Flying Squad; former special operations chief Nixon Agasirwe; and former cybercrime commander Richard Ndaboine, among others.” the Observer reported last week.
Others such as Amos Ngabirano, the former police director for ICT; Siraje Bakaleke, the former regional police commander; and former Kayihura aide Jonathan Baroza have since fled the country. The few who still walk free such as Hajji Abdu Kiyimba, the Nsangi LC III chairperson, who often represented Kayihura at events, have since gone mute.