Court sets verdict date for battered journalists case


KAMPALA: Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court has set March 10, to deliver the judgment for the case in which the interdicted Old Kampala police commander, Mr Jerome Mwesigye, is accused of battering journalists.


Mr Mwesigye is charged with three counts ranging from assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious damage of property.


Appearing in a session before the magistrate, Ms Gladys Kamasanyu, the suspect through his lawyer, Mr Obed Mwebesa, informed court that he does not have any more witnesses.


The state claims that on January 12, 2015 at Florida bar and guest house along Namirembe road in Kampala, Mr Mwesigye brutally assaulted Mr Andrew Lwanga, a journalist who was attached to WBS Television and one Joseph Ssetimba from Bukedde a local television.


Mr Mwesigye opted to close his defence upon presenting two witnesses who included; a police officer and a boda boda rider.


On October 26, 2016, state attorney, Ms Patricia Chingtho, as well decided to close the prosecution case with six witnesses testifying in the case against Mr Mwesigye.


Investigators from the police Professional Standards Unit arrested Mr Mwesigye on January 13, 2015 after the alleged brutal attack on the journalists who were covering a demonstration by unemployed youths. Mr Lwanga suffered severe spinal injuries allegedly inflicted on him by Mwesigye’s assault.


Prosecution further states that on January 12 last year, along Shell Petrol Station in Bakuli, a city suburb, Mr Mwesigye maliciously damaged two video cameras belonging to Mr Lwanga and Mr Ssetimba.

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