Court of Appeal quashes serial killer’s life imprisonment

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Richard Arinaitwe in court

Court of Appeal has saved a serial killer Richard Arinaitwe from spending the rest of his life in prison.

In 2013, High Court Judge Vincent Kagaba sentenced Arinaitwe to death for murdering an American volunteer in 1998 in her room at Hotel Equatoria.

The Supreme Court later outlawed the mandatory death penalty on murder and which stated that all inmates on death row who had spent more than three years without being executed should have their sentences mitigated.

Arinaitwe’s sentence was reduced to life in prison.

Victoria University

Through his lawyers, Arinaitwe had raised six grounds of his appeal saying that the trial judge erred in law when he allowed the hearing against him to proceed without legal representation.

Court of Appeal Justices Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Ezekiel Muhanguzi Thursday ruled that a sentence of 30 years is enough.

Musoke said the period of five years and three months which Arinaitwe spent on remand while attending trial would be deducted from the sentence.

“The sentence of life imprisonment imposed by the learned resentencing judge is hereby set aside and is replaced with a sentence of 24 years and nine months, to be served from the date of conviction which was December 18, 2003,” the Justices ruled.

Court said the only factor that he did not take into account was the age of the appellant.

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