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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Suspected serial killer’s trial starts

KAMPALA - The trial of a suspected serial killer, who allegedly murdered three teenage girls on December 18, 2005, began yesterday at the High Court in Kampala.

Baker Walusimbi was accused of murdering Maureen Nabbale, Jackie Najjombwe, and Maria Katasi at Lutembe Beach off Entebbe road and at Makerere-Kikoni respectively. Katasi’s mother Geraldine Kasumba, told court that she learnt of her daughter’s death from her husband, John Baptist Kasumba, on December 24, 2005.

Speaking in a sad tone, Kasumba added that she rushed to Mulago Hospital mortuary and found the girl’s body with multiple injuries and the lips had been cut off. The case is before Justice Mary Maitum. The second witness, Oliver Matovu, a dealer in second hand phones on Kirumira Towers in Kampala, told court that she unknowingly bought and sold a Nokia 2600 phone that belonged to the late Katasi. Another witness, Christopher Mutyaba, said he was shocked to learn that Walusimbi had used his car to commit the crimes. However, the accused denied the charges.

Maitum adjourned the case to February 25.

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