The High Court in Soroti on Friday sentenced a 32-year-old man to 13 years in prison for murdering his father-in-law.
Delivering the judgment, Lady Justice Margret Oguli said the accused deserved the sentence.
Court heard that on October 23, 2009 at Kokeris Moroto â€“ Matany road junction in Moroto district, Charles Aurien, a businessman, murdered Paul Kapel, a UPDF soldier.
Court heard that the accused on the fateful day went to Magdalene Amiyoâ€™s home where Kapel used to keep his gun before going to drink.
â€œThe accused at 7:00pm went and deceived Amiyo and picked Kapelâ€™s gun. He went to the place Kapel was drinking from and ordered him to go and pick his gun. Kapel later followed the accused to his home and shot him,â€ court heard.
Oguli said Mike Ilukor, a Police detective, on October, 2010 led a Police dog to the scene of crime.
â€œThe dog then led the Police to the place where the cartridges, were, then led the team to the accused house and laid there,â€ court heard.
When asked by the judge whether he had anything to say, Aurien denied killing Kapel, saying he only shot at the assailant.
â€œSince the state has found me guilty, I have nothing to add,â€ the accused said.
The state attorney, John Ochopa, asked for a deterent sentence, saying murder was a common offence in Soroti and people needed to be protected.
Samuel Isodo the defense lawyer prayed for leniency.
Soroti man gets 13 years for murder