KAMPALA – ;High Court Judge Isaac Muwata has convicted Isaac Ssenabulya alias Kisunsu after his own plea of guilty for the kidnap and double murder of social worker Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa.
The duo was kidnapped and later murdered in February 2019.
Upon his conviction, Ssenabulya pleaded to the presiding Judge for a lenient sentence. ;
However, the prosecution insists he should be given a maximum death sentence to deter other would-be offenders from ending the lives of innocent Ugandans.
Ssenabulya has also apologised to the deceased’s families for the brutal act he inflicted on their people.
Meanwhile, prosecution dropped murder charges against the 8th suspect identified as Raymond Okori Marckos. The duo has been charged alongside five other people.
Nagirinya, a former staff Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI) employee, was kidnapped from the gate of her Lungujja-based rented home and later murdered.
Her body was later recovered on the Mukono-Kayunga road at Nakitutulu village in Nama sub-county, Mukono district.
Investigations indicated that the perpetrators kidnapped her at about 11:40pm by two men who trailed her as she returned from her workplace.
The Closed-Circuit Cameras (CCTV) footage, which Police released, indicated that the perpetrators used the deceased’s vehicle: A Toyota Spacio registration number UBA 570V to whisk her away moments after her younger sister had just opened the gate.
Police said, the cameras captured the images from Kinawattaka, but later recovered the vehicle in Kitooro Zone on Marckay Road in Nateete, Rubaga division, Kampala where it had been abandoned.
The deceased was the daughter of Anthony Lubowa, a resident of Nsambya, in Makindye division. He said the kidnappers did not ask for ransom from any of the family members, which indicated all they wanted was her life.
This was the second kidnap incident that turned into murder after the one of Susan Magara, 28, who was also a resident of Lungujja in Lubaga division, Kampala. ;
Magara’s kidnappers bagged sh700m ransom but went ahead to end her life after undergoing three weeks of torture.