Magara murder: 10 to appear in court over selling SIM cards to suspects


Ten people accused of selling SIM cards that were allegedly used by suspects in the murder of Susan Magara will today Friday May 11, appear in court to face charges related to kidnap and murder.

Five of the suspects are expected to appear at Mwanga II Court in Mengo, while the other five will appear in Makindye Military Court Martial.

Police and other security agencies have over the last weeks made strides at  intercepting several suspects in the murder that drew a lot of public outcry.

The arrests led police late last month to raid Usafi Mosque in Kampala and there discovered weapons and women and children held hostage in the mosque. Several suspects were arrested and have helped police uncover a number of clues.

The joint security team also recovered several phone handsets and SIM Cards that it believes were used by her kidnappers in the three-week ordeal.

Magara, a 28-year-old accountant at her father’s Bwendero Farm in Hoima District, was kidnapped and murdered despite the family paying the Shs700 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

Highly placed security sources told this website that the investigations team, with the help of a suspect who was arrested during the raid on Usafi were able to locate the SIM Cards and the phones from different locations where the kidnappers are said to have moved while trying to conceal identity during the kidnapping ordeal.

The Kidnap and gruesome murder of Susan Magara took a toll at the state of security (COURTESY PHOTO)

It had earlier been revealed that the kidnappers used over 20 SIM Cards during the ordeal as they kept confusing security agents trailing them.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed the SIM cards were found in a house in Buziga, a city suburb, where Magara is believed to have been held hostage and later killed by her captors.

The suspect also led to detectives the vehicle which was used to transport Magara’s body, eventually leading to the arrest of the owner, who is believed to be a woman.

Security sources said the investigations also retrieved several land titles and car sale agreements, which the investigations team believed were bought using the Shs 700m ransom money.

The suspect also took the investigations team to the various scenes of crime as they attempt to put pieces together in the investigation. They are said to have gone to Buziga first, then to Kabaka Anjagala Road in Rubaga Division, Kampala, where Magara was kidnapped from on February 7 and then Kitiko, between Kigo and Kajjansi near the Entebbe Expressway, where her body was found.

This comes a day after this website reported that a video clip showing kidnappers cutting off Susan Magara’s fingers in bid to demand ransom from her parents has been recovered by security agencies. Magara’s fingers had earlier been cut off by the kidnappers who intended to show their determination if a huge sum of ransom was not paid on time.




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