Prosecution Roots for Guilty Verdict in Nsenga Murder Case

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Lead prosecutor Susan Okalany made the conviction plea in her final submission before court presided over by Justice Duncan Gaswaga. She stated that all the evidence presented before court indicates that the accident which claimed Juvenal’s life was aforethought. She adds that the defense was collated to hoodwink court into believing that the incident was an accident.

State Prosecutors are pushing for a guilty verdict against Jacqueline Uwera Nsenga, a Kampala business woman charged for the murder of her husband Juvenal Nsenga Kananura.

Uwera is accused of killing her husband by running over him with a car at their family home in Bugolobi, Kampala in January 2013.

Prosecution alleges that on January 10, 2013, Uwera accelerated vehicle Reg. No. UAL 933M which she was driving,  rammed through the gate and knocked her late husband Juvenal Nsenga who had opened the gate. The car then dragged Nsenga for a considerable distance along the concrete pavement. He died moments later.

Lead prosecutor Susan Okalany made the conviction plea in her final submission before court presided over by Justice Duncan Gaswaga.  She stated that all the evidence presented before court indicates that the accident which claimed Juvenal’s life was aforethought. She adds that the defense was collated to hoodwink court into believing that the incident was an accident.

Okalany relied on a testimony by engineers and by the Inspector of Vehicles- IOV to prove that there are no prior accidents caused by the Mark X vehicle model -suddenly accelerating on their own and that the Vehicle which Jacqueline Nsenga owned was in a good working state.

Additional evidence also indicated that the nature of the vehicle is such that it has obstacle sensors with which, brakes cannot move, unless accelerated. Prosecution also wondered why a person entering their compound would bolt in at a speed of at least 41-61kilometres per hour, without intent to cause an accident.

Prosecution also doubted a submission that Jacqueline Uwera is being persecuted by her in-laws arguing that the case was from the first time of entry recorded as a fatal accident.

According to Okalany, all this pointed to the fact that there was intent in knocking the victim because the vehicle could not move on its own unless accelerated.

Yesterday, Defense lawyers pleaded for an acquittal saying the event was an accident which Jackie Nsenga regrets.

The case was adjourned till Wednesday July 30, 2014 when the defense will present a rejoinder to its plea.