Three suspects implicated in the murder of Dr.Jino Abiriga, the former Acting District health officer DHO Masindi have been further remanded to Hoima Prison.
The remanded suspected killers are Betty Cherotich 31, the late Dr. Abiriga’s wife, Joshua Namureng 36, a builder and a resident of Tarobya Village in Bukwo district, and Martin Kipsang 31, a carpenter and a resident of Roruk Village in Bukwo district.
They appeared before Selsa Biwaga, the Masindi Grade One Magistrate on Tuesday morning who further remanded them until February 13th, 2024.
Munanura Arinaitwe Aganyira, the State Prosecutor, informed the court that investigations into the matter are still on and asked the court to avail them more time to have the investigations concluded. He asked for an adjournment into the matter.
Initially, the suspects were supposed to be remanded to Masindi Prison but they declined and opted Hoima Prison citing security reasons.
The suspects with others still at large are believed to have connived, coordinated, masterminded, and murdered Dr. Abiriga on January 7, 2024.
The late Dr.Abiriga sustained severe wounds to the neck, head, both hands, and back.
On the fateful day, passersby found his body lying a few meters near his gate in Kijura North cell, Central division of Masindi municipality, at around 6 a.m.
The police retrieved the body, was taken to Masindi General Hospital mortuary and later transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for a postmortem examination.
Police and other security agencies including the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence operatives embarked on the hunt for the suspected killers.
Cherotich was arrested from Masindi while Namureng and Kipsang were arrested from Bukwo district.
On January 16th, they appeared before the Masindi Magistrates Court and remanded.