Hearing of the criminal case against eight suspects accused of killing of a social worker Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa in 2019, has kicked off at the Kampala high court.
The three prosecution witnesses including pathologists; Dr.Moses Byaruhanga attached to the Uganda Police Force and Dr. William Male Mutumba from the KCCA mortuary at Mulago Hospital told Court that they examined the bodies of Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa to establish the actual cause of their death.
The pathologists informed court that on the 30th / August 2019 at bout 8. 57pm, they received the 2 bodies which were already in a decomposing state .
They noted specifically that Nagirinya’s body had a swollen face , a black eye spot , and a protruding tongue to which it was concluded that the cause of her untimely death was a neurogenic shock caused by beating .
For Kitayimbwa’s body had Peeling skin, insects . The body had a depression on the skull , a collapsed eye socket , deep cut wounds and fractured bones.
The Experts concluded that his death was due to head injuries which are consisted with forced trauma such as a strong beating.
The doctors’ findings were reduced into reports that have been tendered in court as pieces of prosecution evidence.
Evidence before Court shows that the 2 deceased’s bodies were found dumped in a swamp in Mukono.
The suspects on trial for this murder are ; Coporiyamu Kasolo, Johnson Lubega , Nassif Kalyango , Hassan Kiseeka, Sharif Mpanaga, Sadat Kateregga and Raymond Okori , Isaac Ssenabulya.
Prosecution states that in the 28th/ August 2019, the suspects with malice afore thought kidnapped Nagirinya and Kitayimbwa before murdering them and dumping their lifeless bodies in a swamp in Mukono.
They are also facing aggravated robbery charges for using force to steal 280,000 shillings , a car and mobile phones belonging to the deceased.
They since denied any involvement in the said murder but police evidence has since revealed that immediately after the said murder , the suspects were found in possession of Nagirinya’s car and sim cards.
Report by: Betty Zziwa