THE Buganda Road Court has rejected the confession statement made by Alex Ssekitto Kayanja in connection with the attempted murder of Brig Elly Kayanja
By Farooq Kasule
THE Buganda Road Court has rejected the confession statement made by Alex Ssekitto Kayanja in connection with the attempted murder of the former Operations Wembley boss, Brig Elly Kayanja.
This was after Ssekitto’s lawyer Brian Sserunjogi asked court to reject the statement obtained from the accused on grounds that he was forced to make it.
Sserunjogi said that though the police surgeon who examined the suspect testified before court, that the suspect was of sound mind in the period he is alleged to have committed the offence, he made the statement out of fear.
Ssekitto a nephew to Brig.Kayanja was examined by Dr. Thaddeus Balungi.
This led to the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Lillian Bucyana to rule that the process of making the extra-judicial statement from the suspect did not follow the right procedures.
She added that the process was improper meaning that it cannot be tendered in as evidence on court records because a police officer, a one Abbey, who took Ssekitto to make the confession statement, threatened him.
Ssekitto 36, a lawyer by profession is battling two charges of attempted murder and defrauding his company.
Earlier on, Ssekitto a prime suspect disowned the extra-judicial statement before court presided over by Bucyana arguing that he was forced by police officers to confess that he wanted to kill Brig. Kayanja by lacing rat poison in his food.
He told court that Abbey told him that he could only regain his freedom on condition that he confessed to the charges.
Prosecution alleges that on January 2013, while at Kayanja’s home in Mutundwe village, Rubaga Division in Kampala, Ssekitto attempted to kill Brig. Kayanja by use of rat poison.
Brig. Kayanja collapsed at his home and was admitted at Case Hospital in Kampala before being flown to London in critical condition for further treatment.
It is further alleged that Ssekitto who was the manager of his company Nareka Photo Studio, defrauded it. It is located at Wilson Street; Jesco Plaza in Kampala.
Bucyna has set August 1 for final submissions by both the prosecution and the defence.
Brig. Kayanja poisoning: Court rejects nephew''s claim