UPDF Soldier sentenced to 35 years for Shooting Civilian Dead
Private Solomon Baker Bakobe of the 11th Battalion has been convicted by the first division infantry court-martial presided over by Col. Sam Mugyenyi during a session held at St Paul Catholic Church Premises in Mparo North cell Eastern Division of Hoima city today.
Prosecution told Court that on December 4, 2020, Pt Bakobe allegedly shot and killed Davis Bakanoba 25, a resident of Mparo Cell, moments after he was attacked by a group of six unknown people who went away with his mobile phone.
But Bakobe who had been deployed to guard road construction equipment belonging to China Railway Number Seven group in the same village rushed to his duty station and picked a gun and launched a pursuit for his attackers.
In the process, he fired several bullets in the air one of which hit Bakanoba in the head and killed him instantly.
Col Mugyenyi, acting on the evidence produced by the prosecution, convicted Bakobe to 35-years in jail to serve as an example to other officers in uniform.
He said that the UPDF officer will serve his 35-year jail term handed over to him at Hoima Government Prison