Court Defers Kato Kajubi's Appeal Hearing to Next Session

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When the appeal hearing came up this afternoon, state attorney Simon Ssemalemba, informed the court that he was not ready to respond to Kajubi’s appeal as he had just received voluminous documents and that he needed some time to study them in order to ably respond to the appeal.

The Court of Appeal has this afternoon been forced to adjourn the ritual murder appeal hearing of jailed city businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi to the next convenient criminal session.
 
A panel of three justices of Court of Appeal led by Eldad Mwangusya was forced to adjourn the appeal hearing to handle the appeal.
 
Other justices on the panel included; Lillian Tibatemwa and Faith Mwondha.
 
When the appeal hearing came up this afternoon, state attorney Simon Ssemalemba, informed the court that he was not ready to respond to Kajubi’s appeal as he had just received voluminous documents and that he needed some time to study them in order to ably respond to the appeal.
 
Last year, former Masaka Judge and current DPP Mike Chibita convicted Kajubi for masterminding the ritual sacrifice of 12-year old boy Joseph Kasirye in Masaka and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
 
Then judge Chibita ruled that the prosecution had proved the case against Kajubi beyond reasonable doubt that he played a very key role in the murder of Kasirye on the fateful day of 27th October 2008.
 
The judge also observed that Kajubi alone knew where he put the head and private parts of the late Kasirye.
 
Kasirye was at the time of meeting his death staying with his grandparents next to the home of witch doctor Umar Kateregga and his wife Mariam Nabukeera who were implicated in the murder and later became state witnesses.

Kasirye’s body was recovered without the head and private parts.
 
Prior to Kajubi’s conviction last year, he had originally been tried before the then Masaka judge Moses Mukibi in a criminal Session Case No. 16 of 2009 but was acquitted following a submission of no-case-to answer.
 
But the state was dissatisfied with the judge Mukibi’s ruling that saw Kajubi acquitted and discharged before it successfully appealed against the same.
 
The Court of Appeal ordered that Kajubi be retried before another judge. The orders were give while Kajubi had gone into hiding though he was later arrested in shrine at Lweza on Entebbe road and taken back to Masaka court for a re-trial where he was convicted hence today’s appeal that flopped.