LIRA HIGH COURT has convicted a woman to jail for murdering husband also former Lira businessman, Denis Ongora. He was popularly known as Agedi.
Hellen Acam pleaded guilty to the murder before resident Judge, Justice Alex Marcay Ajiji on Wednesday who handed her 25 years in prison.
Prior to her sentencing in a fully packed Courtroom, killer- Acam told Court thus: “My lord I killed him,” remorseful Acam revealed, trembling most of the Court audience since she had in the past denied murdering her husband.
Daniel Omara, her accomplice in the same capital offence was handed 17 years jail sentence after he denied participating in the murder.
The other, Douglas Omach pleaded not guilty and returns to Court on the 25th of June 2018.
Deceased husband was attacked by his wife Hellen Acam Ongora and five others at his home in Akitenino village, Adyel division in Lira Municipality and robbed him of Sh. 9m.
Until he met his death on the fateful night of 4 August 2016, Agedi was a successful butcher-man who used to operate his business at the Lira main market.
Relatives speak to TND News
Mike Ongora, brother of the late Agedi says there is now sight of relief following Wednesday ruling. He told TND News, “the waiting has been too long but we are glad she has finally been sentenced.”
Margaret Akello, another relative says they would have wanted a longer sentence, adding “25 years is better than nothing”.
Justice Ajiiji who has been posted to Lira Circuit replaced Lady Justice Winfred Nabisinde who was transferred to Masaka.
Before him are 22 cases of murder, 17 cases of aggravated defilement, 7 cases of aggravated robbery and 4 cases of rape.
Brief flash back
A day after the murder took place; Acam was arrested and later remanded after her case was mentioned in Court.
But on 26 June 2017, she escaped from Oyam Central Government Prison only to be re-arrested after several months of search from her hideout in Nakasongla district.