Gulu UPDF killer soldier given 39 years in jail

Odaga [R] appearing before court martial

Army court sitting in Gulu has Saturday sentenced L/cpl Geoffrey Odaga to 39 years in prison for three counts of murder.

Lance Corporal Godfrey Odaga shot dead three people and injured another person in Gulu Town.

He was also sentenced another 20 years for attempted murder. Odaga will serve the sentences concurrently.

Odaga pleaded guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery on Friday.

The suspect was charged with three counts of Murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated robbery before the General Court Martial sitting at Gulu District headquarters, chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.

Court heard that on August 4, 2018 at about 11:30pm, L/cpl Odaga, 47, deployed at the 4th Division Army headquarters in Gulu District, a serving UPDF soldier, with malice caused death of Denis Richard Ochen, Fred Yasin and Sunday Wokorach Ouma at Smiling Panda 2 bar located at Kabedo Opong village, Bardege Division in Gulu District.

Odaga also attempted to unlawfully cause the death of Jimmy Ojok and committed aggravated robbery by stealing four bottles of senator beers and Shs61,500.

Gen Gutti convicted Odaga on his own plea of guilty to each of the five counts before adjourning the court to Saturday August 11 when he would pass his judgment.




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