The trial of 13 suspected cannibals in Rakai failed to take off on Wednesday because of the failure by police to produce them in court.
The suspects were expected to appear before Susan Awidi, the Kalisizo grade one magistrate to answer charges of attempted murder, cannibalism and the disappearance of 21-year-old Peace Alinaitwe and her nine-months-old baby.
They are Asaf Tumuhimbise, his wife Jovelet Nuwagaba, John Bosco Ssegirinya and his son Alex Ssebalala and one Nabukenya in connection with the alleged murder and cannibalism.
Others are Elimelda Nalubega, Mike Kabiito, Ronald Ssebuufu, Aloysius Kasujja, Mpoza Peregirino, Alex, Ramka Kaweesi and Ismail Ssekyanzi.
One of the suspects Erias Musujja committed suicide in the cells at Masaka Police station. Hundreds of residents started arriving at Rakai’s magistrate’s court by 9am and waited until 2:00pm to witness the trial of the suspects in vain.
Residents left the court premises annoyed after information leaked that the suspects wouldn’t appear. Taban Chiriga, the Rakai Criminal Investigations Officer said the suspects didn’t appear because they had sent their file to the Resident State Attorney and it was not ready.
He says they contacted the Resident State Attorney who told them she needed more time to peruse through the file.
He disclosed that the suspects are likely to appear at Kalisizo Magistrate’s Court this due to the fact that Rakai Court only sits on Wednesdays.
Chiriga explains that they didn’t charge the suspects with murder due to the fact that then have not recovered the body of the missing persons.
It is alleged that Peace Alinaitwe and her husband Deus Bandihihi, both residents of Kankamba village in Kisekka Sub-county in Lwengo District went for burial in Rakai and could not travel back at nightfall.
Three of the suspects including Ssegirinya, Tumuhimbise and Ssebalala offered to house them for a night. They allegedly turned around at night and hacked Alinaitwe and her baby and chopped their bodies into pieces in Bandihihi’s presence.
Bandihihi miraculously escaped from the killers’ house and disappeared in the dark until morning when he reported the matter to police.