Kampala. Brian Bagyenda, the man accused of killing his girlfriend, has confessed to the murder and applied for a plea bargain in the High Court, seeking a lenient sentence.
The 29-year-old Bagyenda, the son of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) director Col Frank Bagyenda Kaka, confessed to the murder of his girlfriend Enid Twijukye, 22, last year.
Bagyenda made the plea before Justice Anthony Ojok Ayu of the High Court in Kampala through his lawyer Nsubuga Mubiru. Justice Ojok is presiding over a trial session for 40 capital offenders.
Plea Bargain is a justice system where an accused admits the alleged offence and in return is handed a lenient sentence on conviction.
Bagyenda, a pharmacist, appeared together with his two co-accused Innocent Bainomugisha 24, a cleaner and Vincent Rwahwire 28, a casual labourer.
The prosecution states that on January 4, 2017, at Njobe Road in Nakawa Division, Kampala District, Bagyenda with his two accomplices, with malice aforethought, murdered his girlfriend Twijukye.
The prosecution says: “Bagyenda confessed to killing the deceased ( Twijukye). He stated that they had a misunderstanding following suspicion that she was involved with another man. He had her strangled in his bedroom at home (in Luzira) with the help of his co-accused.”
Justice Ojok Ayu adjourned the case to December 17 for both the prosecution and defence to inform court of the outcome of their discussions on the gravity of the sentence.
The prosecution states that Twijukye left home on January 3, 2017, but did not return. Her sister Evas later got concerned when the deceased did not return after some time and called different family members to establish her whereabouts but to no avail.
“Investigations were carried out to determine who the last person with the deceased was and her old phone at home showed frequent calls to a one Bayyenda who was known as her boyfriend.
Two weeks earlier during the Christmas season, the deceased had travelled to her village in Kazo in Bagyenda’s vehicle an Ipsum blue in colour,” reads part of the evidence by the prosecution.
The evidence further indicates that the deceased’s property including, a brown handbag, and mobile phone among others, a roll of cello tape and three pillow cases were later found to have been used to tie her hands and legs at the time she was strangled.
The items were recovered at a hotel in Mutungo (Hotel Voyager) where the two (Bayyenda and Twijukye) had checked in Room 6 under an alias Mujuzi John.
By Daily Monitor