Peter Rujumba, A 19-year old on trial for killing a staff of Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) in Hoima has admitted that he murdered his girlfriend in fear that she infected him with HIV/AIDS.
Rujumba, a resident of Lusaka Upper Cell in Hoima Municipality reportedly slaughtered Barbara Akello, 25, a data officer at IDI and severed her body into pieces.
He allegedly cut off the legs and arms and threw them into a pit-latrine, while the stomach and the upper trunk were buried in separate holes he dug behind the pit-latrine.
The accused committed the crime on Jan 29, 2014 while at his grandmother’s residence in Lusaka Upper, where Akello was renting.
After the murder, he fled to Kampala but was arrested two weeks later at Pastor Kakande’s Synagogue Church, where he got saved and confessed to having killed Akello back home in Hoima. Police was notified after the confession.
Subsequently, Rujumba was arrested and transferred to Hoima where he has since been charged with murder and aggravated robbery in relation to the incident.
Although he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, Rujumba turned around and accepted the charges before Masindi High court judge Simon Byabakama; the visibly calm teenager said he had all along been scared to admit.
He also asked for forgiveness from Akello’s relatives, his family members and the nation for the crime.
In his mitigation, defense lawyer Aaron Byaryabanza told court that his client had confided in him that he acted out of frustration after the deceased confessed having lost a former boyfriend to HIV/AIDS. It was however not immediately clear whether the accused is now certain of his HIV status.
But despite the pleas for forgiveness, Akello’s relatives maintained that no one could ever wash away the pain in their hearts. Patrick Agru, the deceased’s paternal uncle, who led the four relatives from Soroti asked court to instead give the accused an appropriate sentence.
Meanwhile prosecution has summed up the case and the presiding judge has fixed August 7 as date for judgment.