KAMPALA – The jailed Pine car proprietor Muhammed Ssebuwufu, and six others have on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, filed four grounds to battle their jail terms in the Court of Appeal.
In their memorandum of appeal, the group state that the trial judge Flavia Anglin Ssenoga erred in law and fact when she convicted them of the offences murder, aggravated robbery and kidnap with intent to murder without proof of the essential ingredients of the offences beyond a reasonable doubt.
They allege that the judge failed to properly evaluate the evidence on record as a whole regarding their participation and or resolve key issues raised thus coming to a wrong conclusion, based on incredible and contradictory evidence to convict them and also giving them a manifestly harsh, excessive and illegal sentence.
They filed their memorandum of appeal through Ochieng Associated Advocates & Solicitors.
Ssebuwufu together with Godfrey Kayiza, Philip Mirambe, Paul Tasingika, Yoweri Kitayimba, Damaseni Ssentongo and Shaban Odutu were each sentenced to 40, 30, 20years in jail for murder, aggravated robbery and kidnap with intent to murder.
The group is said to have assaulted a businesswoman Betty Donah Katusabe to death on October 21, 2015, at Pine car depot on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala for over Shs9m car debt.
While sentencing them, Justice Senoga said she had carefully evaluated both the prosecution and the defence evidence and found that the convicts had been squarely placed at the scene of crime at Pine Car Bond on Lumumba Avenue in Nakasero on the fateful day.