The trial on the murder of John Ahimbisbwe aka Jonnie at Kampala’s popular hangout Club Guvnor has begun.
Mr Ivan Kamyuka is charged with the murder. Prosecution states that Kamyuka on August 2, 2015 with malice aforethought killed Jonnie at Guvnor Club on First Street in Industrial Area, Kampala’s Central Division.
Kamyuka allegedly killed Jonnie after a brawl.
Ahimbisibwe’s sister Ms Charity Kyomuhendo told court at the start of the hearing on Friday that the brutal murder of her brother could have been caused by the paternity row he had with his mistress.
The trial is before High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga.
Ms Kyomuhendo told court that a friend to her late brother only identified as Patrick had confided in her how the deceased’s mistress Nina Nyarwaka had given away his child to another man.
She said the giveaway of the child had bred hostility between her brother and his mistress.
“On the fateful night of August 2, 2015 at about 4am, I received a call from my other brother who told me that Jonnie was dead. I rushed to Case Clinic where he had been taken and one of his close friends a one Patrick told me that Jonnie had died because he was conflicting with Nina Nyarwaka, the mother of his son, who had since given the child to another man,” Ms Kyomuhendo told court.
The prosecution witness further testified that her late brother had also told her about the same woman whom he said he had fathered a child with. She said the late Jonnie urged her to contact Nina and know her.
However, Kyomuhendo did not tell court how the conflict between her late brother and his mistress led to his murder.
Another prosecution witness Mr Sam Ssali testified that on the fateful night he was at Guvnor but his fun was cut short by the fight between Jonnie and Kamyuka.
“On the dreadful day I was at Guvnor Club on the dance floor of the section called 40 Plus when I was hit from behind and I fell on the ground,” he old court.
He continued: “I stood up and looked behind. That is when I saw a Jonnie with blood gushing from the throat. I think he (Jonnie) had not realised it and pulled out both his fists ready to confront his opponent, Kamyuka who was also standing still and much ready to fight back,”
He narrated that at that moment; he moved in between Jonnie and Kamyuka and ordered them to stop fighting. I even scolded Kamyuka for insisting on fighting with a man who was bleeding profusely before locking him up in the toilet and alerted the club bouncers who later notified the police which effected Kamyuka’s arrest.
Dr William Male Mutumba, who examined Jonnie’s body, told court that the deceased had a penetrating stab wound of 2.5cm in an inverted U-shape.
He said Jonnie’s death was due to the penetrating neck wound as one of his arteries was cut by the sharp object.
The doctor said a neck is so delicate a part that any slight injury can lead to death.
The case was adjourned to June 12 for further hearing.
Issues at hand
Allegation. Prosecution states that Kamyuka on August 2, 2015 with malice aforethought killed Jonnie at Guvnor Club.
Possible cause. Ahimbisibwe’s sister Ms Charity Kyomuhendo told court at the start of the hearing on Friday that the brutal murder of her brother could have been caused by the paternity row he had with his mistress
Witness account. A witness testified that he helped break off a fight between the deceased and the accused on the dance floor of Club Guvnor on the fateful night.