By Johnbosco Tugume
Court in Hoima has committed two men to high court for trial over alleged murder and defilement.
The suspects are Leonard Mayanja, 35 and Kato Etyeno, 65, all residents of Ngogoli village, Kyangwali sub-county Hoima district.
Mayanja is accused of murdering his former girlfriend over land dispute.
Prosecution told court that Mayanja on 10th of August allegedly picked a hand hoe and hit his former girl friend one Mariam Nyakato on the head several times accusing her of planning to grab his plot of land located in Kyangwali trading centre.
Nyakato a former nurse and district female contestant for Kyangwali sub-county died on spot due to over bleeding.
Source revealed that the two had all contributed money to buy a plot of land when they were still together but after separating, Nyakato wanted Mayanja to refund the money she contributed towards the plot.
After the murder, Mayanja went into hiding but was later arrested in Hoima town after two weeks. Mayanja has been on remand for the last five months.
Appearing before Hoima grade one magistrate court presided over by Daniel Bwambale on Wednesday, Mayanja was not allowed to enter plea on grounds that court lacked the jurisdiction to hear such a capital offence.
However, prosecution alleged that it completed its investigations. Bwambale committed him to High court in Masindi for trial.
Meanwhile, the same court also committed Kato Etyeno to high court for trial over alleged defilement. Etyeno, a resident of Bukinda, Kyangwali is alleged to have defiled a 14 year old girl on 18th May 2017.
Prosecution alleged that Etyeno lured the minor into sexual intercourse after he promised her a new skirt.
However, what was taken as a secret between the two ended up into the public limelight after the parents of the minor observed her walking with difficulties prompting them to force her reveal the truth.
Prosecution reported that the suspect had accepted the case while recording a statement at police and investigations were complete. Appearing before court, Etyeno was also not allowed to enter plea and committed to high court.