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Gulu Shooting Suspect Returns Court


Corporal Geoffrey Okello, a Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) soldier accused of shooting to death three people in Gulu has today appeared for the second time before the division military court martial sitting at the UPDF 4th division barracks in Gulu charged with three counts of murder.

Okello allegedly killed Beatrice Ajok, 52, and her two sons; Dan Joachim Binyang, 18, and Owen Norman, 20 and injured an 8-year-old girl on February 10, this year at Vanguard Sub Ward, Pece Division in Gulu Municipality.

Okello reportedly had a misunderstanding with Ajok’s family, which he accused of grazing goats on his land.

Okello was arrested the following day from his duty station at the Central Guard of UPDF 4th Division Barracks where he was deployed.

Today two more witnesses including Okwera Patrick, the husband to the late Ajok Beatrice and the area LCI chairperson Nyeko Andrew testified against him before the army court martial, bringing to five those who have so far testified since the heating started on Friday last week.

Okello has denied any knowledge and involvement in the act.

The court is chaired by Col George Nambafu and the accused is being represented by Captain Augustine Tumwebaze.

The hearing has been adjourned to tomorrow (Thursday)

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