Man Gets 65 Years for Role in Murder of Lira Businesswoman

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A man who confessed to participating in the murder of Lira business woman Susan Akidi Eryau has been sentenced to 65 years in jail. Jimmy Okao (26) was sentenced by Lira High Court Judge Dr. Winifred Nabisinde.

A man who confessed to participating in the murder of Lira business woman Susan Akidi Eryau has been sentenced to 65 years in jail.
 
Jimmy Okao (26) was sentenced by Lira High Court Judge Dr. Winifred Nabisinde.
 
Okao's sentence on Friday came a day after his confession in court to his role in the murder of Akidi (30). Akidi was the proprietor of Good-Lord Hardware Shop along Juba road in Lira town. She was shot dead on January 6, 2014 as she entered marital residence in Ireda Lumumba village in Lira.
 
Her 10-year-old son was injured in the attack but has since recovered.
 
Akidi was robbed of UGX 60 million shillings by her attackers.
 
Akidi's husband Francis Eryau was present in the court room and welcomed the sentencing. He said he had forgiven Okao after his confession.
 
Others on trial for the murder are Patrick Ogwang Osinde, Ogwang Andrew Saleh (27), George Owoo (35), and Solomon Ajal.
 
Akidi's murder sparked widespread protest in the Lira business community.
 
On January 17th, 2014, Kayihura deployed Police Flying Squad headed by Christopher Obache to combat the increased rate of robberies in Lira town.
 
The following day, Kayihura suspended senior police officers in the district including the then Lira DPC Robert Ssemata. Other officers suspended were Patrick Mawerere, the   former officer in  charge  of Lira  CPS,  Joseph  Kirabo, the criminal investigations officer, his deputy Bernard Agwee, and Detective Corporal  Godfrey   Komakech.
 
The officers were blamed for laxity in security management in Lira town. Ssemata, Mawerere and Kirabo remain suspended.