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Ex-Mukono DPC said wife shot herself â€" witness

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd July 2009 03:00 AM

Former Mukono district Police Commander James Aurien, who allegedly shot dead his wife, reported that the victim had shot and injured herself, a Police officer told the High Court yesterday.

Former Mukono district Police Commander James Aurien, who allegedly shot dead his wife, reported that the victim had shot and injured herself, a Police officer told the High Court yesterday.

By Hillary Nsambu

Former Mukono district Police Commander James Aurien, who allegedly shot dead his wife, reported that the victim had shot and injured herself, a Police officer told the High Court yesterday.

The prosecution witness, detective Sergeant James Adang, said Aurien never indicated that his wife was dead when he met him moments after the incident.

Adang, who is currently attached to Kamuli Police Station, also told Justice Edmund Ssempa Lugayizi that on April 20, 2008, at about mid-night, he was on duty at Lugazi Police Station, when he heard a gunshot from the direction of Aurien’s residence.

“I moved out to find out what the matter was and met Aurien driving out of his house in a private car. He stopped and told me that his wife had injured herself and that he was taking her to hospital,” Adang narrated to the court.

“He did not tell me that the woman was dead. He only handed me his pistol and drove away and I returned to the station.”

Adang said he handed over the pistol to detective constable Ogwal, one of the officers on duty.

He stated that he later heard cries from Aurien’s residence and he went there to get more information.

Adang said he met a girl called Akello, but did not bother to ask her how Aurien’s wife got injured.

He explained that he decided to open up a criminal charge of murder against Aurien on returning from Aurien’s house.

On cross-examination by the defence lawyer, Norris Maranga, Adang said he opened up a criminal file before the accused was charged.

Earlier, prosecution witness Thaddeus Barungi, the Police surgeon, told the court that he examined Aurien in May last year and found him to be of sound mind.

Principal state attorney Charles Kamuli asked the court to adjourn the hearing until Tuesday, to enable the prosecution find Akello, an in-law of the accused. Akello, a key witness, was at the murder scene on the fateful night.

Ex-Mukono DPC said wife shot herself – witness

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