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Court postpones convicts’ appeal

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th May 2008 03:00 AM

THE Court of Appeal has deferred the hearing of pleas by three men convicted of killing their village mates in Pallisa district

THE Court of Appeal has deferred the hearing of pleas by three men convicted of killing their village mates in Pallisa district

THE Court of Appeal has deferred the hearing of pleas by three men convicted of killing their village mates in Pallisa district, reports Hillary Nsambu.

One of the convicts died in prison. The judges said they could not proceed with hearing the trio’s appeal against the death sentence unless the Luzira Prison authorities produced the death certificate of the fourth convict.

The appeal was last week adjourned to the next session. The coram had justices George Engwau, Amos Twinomujuni and Stephen Kavuma.

The appellants are a former army ‘kadogo’, Sgt William Odong, 32, Samson Obwana, 44, Joseph Okai, 38 and Magidu Opolot, 44, who died in custody. They were residents of Ajepet village, Gogonyo parish.

The four are on death row over the 1990 murder of John Okurut and Vincent Erichoi Agama, whom they shot to death after abducting them.

In 2003 the then Mbale resident High Court judge, Rugadya Atwooki, sentenced the four to death.

Court postpones convicts’ appeal

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