PIC: Aaron Baguma (left) with his lawyer Abraham Mpumwire leaving the High court premises after DPP dropping charges in the Pine murder case on Wednesday. (Credit: Badru Katumba)
CRIME | COURT
KAMPALA - The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Wednesday dropped charges against Kampala Central Police Station boss Aaron Baguma in connection with murder at Pine Car Bond in Kampala.
The DPP in January last year ordered that Baguma be charged with an alternative charge of kidnap with intent to murder.
According to a letter dated December 18, 2015, written by the Assistant DPP Betty Khisa and addressed to the Buganda Road Resident State Attorney Paul Muwaganya, Baguma was to face murder charges in connection with the murder case.
Baguma was jointly charged with the Pine Car Bond proprietor, Muhammad Ssebuufu, Philip Mirambe, Stephen Lwanga and Paul Tasingika for the murder of businesswoman Donah Katusabe.
Last month, the High Court was informed that Ssebuufu and Baguma's murder file had gone missing.
State prosecutor Fatuma Nakafeero informed trial judge Flavia Anglin Ssenoga about the development after she had called for a hearing.
Nakafeero said she could not continue with the case without the file.
However, dropping of charges against Baguma does not necessarily mean that his co-accused Ssebuufu is off the hook.
The DPP can use Baguma as a witness in the case or can reinstate the case against him if there is fresh evidence pinning him.