Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Two remanded for the murder of a university student.Drive Hot News
Thieves strangle the unsuspecting man before stealing his phone. This is similar to how Andrew Gatare was attacked. Illustration.
Court in Kampala has remanded to Luzira prison two men suspected to have murdered a university student.
Ronald Mutebi, 27, unemployed and Geofrey Lubwama alias Jeff, 35, a casual labourer, both residents of Kazo Kawempe a city suburb were on Tuesday charged before Buganda Road Magistrates Court with the murder of Andrew Gatare, a student of Columbian College in Canada.
Court’s Grade One Magistrate, Ms Pamela Ocaya declined to allow the suspects to take plea, on grounds that a magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to handle capital offences.
They were also charged with aggravated robbery before being taken to Luzira Prison.
Prosecution states that on January 1, 2015 at Kampala Serena Hotel along Nile Avenue with malice a fore thought, the duo killed Gatare.
It is further stated that duo also robbed Gatare of his blackberry mobile phone and a wallet containing unspecified amount of money. They committed the said crimes using a deadly weapon (a hammer) to kill.
Police managed to arrest these suspects by tracking the person who was using the deceased’s phone. He explained to Police that he bought the phone at Shs 100,000 from the suspects.
On January 25 this year, Daily Monitor reported an account of how Gatare was murdered after returning to Uganda for Christmas holiday.