By Sakur AbdulSalam
City car dealer Muhammad Ssebuwufu and seven others accused of murdering business woman Betty Donah Katusabe have denied the charge.
Appearing before High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Senoga on Thursday, Ssebuwufu said by the time of her murder, he was attending Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court.
“I do not know the charge because on that day, I was at Mengo Magistrate’s court”, he said.
His co-accused include Godfrey Kayiza, Philip Mirambo, Stephen Lwanga, Paul Tasingika, Yoweri Kitayimba, Shaban Otuddu and Damaseni Ssentongo.
Shortly after plea-taking, defense lawyers led by David Balondemu asked court for more time to study the prosecution evidence before the trial kicks off.
But state attorney Winfred Ahimbisibwe who teamed up with Alex Ajok asked court to grant the adjournment on condition that the bail for the accused is cancelled.
“We have one witness in court and we are ready to proceed but if court is inclined to grant the defense team an adjournment, the accused person’s bail should be cancelled until then,” Ahimbisibwe submitted.
Justice Senoga instead adjourned the case to Thursday when hearing is slated to kick off.
State alleges that the accused and others still at large on October, 21, 2015, Kidnapped Katusabe before beating her to death at pine car depot on Lumumba Avenue, in Kampala over failure to remit a Shs9m debt.
Katusabe was purportedly kidnapped from her residence in Bwebajja off Entebbe road.
Court documents indicate that the debt arose from a Toyota Premio which Ssebuwufu sold to Katusabe at Shs20m but remained with a balance of Shs9m, which she had failed to pay. However, in a bid to recover the money they beat her to death.
State further alleges that on the same day, the accused also robed Katushabe of her phone worth Shs300, 000.