A UPDF soldier recently charged with the murder of a colleague is handed a 35-year jail term by an army court.
By Job Bwire
A UPDF soldier who was recently charged with the murder of a colleague at Kakiri army barracks has been handed a 35-year jail term by a military court.
Private Denis Oola Keni of UPDF NO.RA194560 of infantry, attached to the First division of Kakiri Army barracks was sent to Luzira prison by the chairman of the first division court martial, Brigadier John Mateeka after he was found guilty of shooting and killing staff sergeant, Otim Langoya Aluka this year.
According to prosecution, Oola committed the crime on July 10. He killed Aluka for reportedly having a sexual relationship with his wife.
“Together with my eight-member team, we have analyzed the evidence adduced by both the State and the defense and deliberated on this matter and consequently come to a conclusion that the accused indeed committed the offense,” Mateeka declared.
“I hereby therefore sentence you [the accused] to 35 years in prison with effect from now,” he directed.
According to the army court chairman, all evidence of the eight prosecution witnesses had clearly pinned Oola and this was enough to convict him.
Mateeka however noted that the convict was free to appeal against his ruling in the General Court Martial within 14if he was not satisfied with the decision within 14days.
UPDF officer jailed 35 years for murder