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High Court grants policeman Baguma bail in murder trial

Baguma shot

High Court judge Masalu Musene has granted bail to former Kampala Central Police Station DPC
Aron Baguma. Baguma was on Tuesday committed for trial for the alleged murder of businesswoman Donah Betty Katushabe.

Justice Musene ordered Baguma to deposit sh5million cash and his sureties were each told to sign a non cash bond of sh50 million to ensure that the accused returns to court for trial on October 7.

Baguma was also ordered to  report to the deputy registrar of the High Court Criminal Division once every month starting from 30th of this month.

Justice Musene released Baguma basing on the fact that he is a serving senior police officer,  who is charged with the responsibility of keeping law and order in society, and the fact that inquiries into this case are complete and he is only waiting to be tried.

Baguma had been on remand at Kigo Government Prison for allegedly conspiring with eight other people to kidnap murder and rob businesswoman Katushabe at Pine Car Bond on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala in October 2015.

Baguma applied to be tried while coming from home. His other grounds for bail were ill-health, specifically acute stomach ulcers which he says requires a special diet that is not provided in prison.

He presented head of traffic police Dr Steven Kasiima and his uncles, Robert Kato a senior accountant in the Defence Ministry and Emmanuel Muhanguzi a businessman, as his sureties.

Prosecution had on Wednesday objected to the bail application.

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