By Damali Kisakye
Jailed former Kampala socialite Shanita Namuyimbwa, better known as Bad Black, battling charges of reckless driving has admitted to knocking the suspects and seriously injuring them.
Namuyimbwa told court, presided over by Grade One Magistrate Juliet Hatanga, that she committed the offence through drunk driving. She had earlier denied all charges.
“Yes, I knocked them your worship, but I did not intend it, I was drunk,” she said.
After Black pleaded guilty, the trial magistrate sent her back to Luzira prison as she awaits sentencing.
The suspect who has been on the run after jumping bail asked court to grant her permission to defend herself, but to no fruition.
The magistrate declined her pleas, saying she had already pleaded guilty to the crime, and would be given an opportunity during defense hearings that starts on February 20, 2014.
“How can you defend yourself after pleading guilty, but well you will be given the opportunity to defend yourself during final hearing,” said Hatanga.
Prosecution alleges that Bad black on December 4, 2011, at Casablanca Pub & Restaurant along Acacia Avenue, while driving a Mercedes Benz UAM 833Z, carelessly and without reasonable consideration for other road users, knocked a motorcycle UDN 916E and injured the passengers on top of damaging the motorcycle.
It further alleges that in the process of knocking the motorcycle, three people; Ismail Nsamba, the rider of the motorcycle, his wife Fatuma Namusoke and their six-months-old baby Jamila Namulindwa were seriously injured.
The trial magistrate adjourned the case to February 20, 2014 when black will re-appear in court for the final hearing of the case.