Witness Testimony

Haruna Turyakira and 2 others vs Uganda ((Criminal Appeal No. 146 of 2003)) [2009] UGCA 14 (25 February 2009);

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Search Summary: 

The appellants were convicted of simple robbery, contrary to sections 272 and 273(1) (b) of the Penal Code Act.  They were each sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, to pay compensation of Shs.800,000/= each to the victim. They averred that the trial Judge erred in law and fact when he held that the discrepancies in the prosecution case were minor.

Court considered the trial court’s finding on the identification of the accused persons by the light of torches and the sound of their voices and agreed that the trial court had been right to base its conviction on the identification of the appellants who were known to the identifying witnesses.

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Court also added that the appellant’s decision to run away from the village after the offence had been committed was inconsistent with innocence.

Court accordingly upheld the trial court’s decision and sentence.

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