Residents throng court as five appear for pupils’ murder


HUNDREDS of anxious Bukoba Municipal residents, recently, thronged the Resident Magistrate’s Court here to have a glimpse of five people alleged to have murdered two children from the same family.

Before the Court   were  Chrisostom John ( 61 ),  Joseph Alex (30 ), Adrian Laurent ( 47 ), Festo Felician ( 27 ) and Nicolas Nicodem (26 ), all residents of Bukoba Rural  District’s Mashule village of Kyamulaire Ward, charged to have committed the offence on October  28, this   year.

Prosecuting State Attorney Nestory Nchimani alleged before the Resident Magistrate Samuel Maweda that Alistidia Respicius (5), who was in Nursery School, and Houston Respicius (7), in Standard One, all at Kyamulaile Primary School, went missing on   October 28, this year in evening hours, after leaving home for Kyamulaile Trading Centre, only to disappear on the way.

He said the two children could not be traced, until the following day, when a massive manhunt was launched only to discover their bodies mutilated and abandoned in a banana plantation.

The accused were not asked to enter any plead because the court does not handle murder cases, but was transferred to the High Court.

However, Magistrate Maweda adjourned the PI Case No 8/2018 until November 20, this year and ordered the accused to be remanded in custody.

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Author: MEDDY MULISA in Bukoba

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