30th July 2019
By Rachael Najjuma
Businessman Patrick Agaba alias Patrick Kasaija (also known as Pato) who is said to be the principal suspect in the murder of Susan Magara has been granted bail by the High Court in Kampala pending trial over accusations of murder.
Justice Yasin Nyanzi granted bail to Pato after the defense led by Counsel Robert Mackay successfully filed their application and presenting sureties that the state prosecutor Joanita Tumukirize didn’t object to
Among the sureties were his father Kasaija Christopher, his uncle Richard Kagoro, who each executed a non cash bond of Shs 20 million, friends Byona Ambrose and Ananura Arnold were also required to execute a non cash bond of Shs 25 million.
He was tasked to present a photocopy of the agreement relating to his land in Makindye, never to travel out of the country without clearance from court and must report to Police and Registrar of court every month.
Pato, a 36-year-old resident of Bunga, is accused of kidnapping one Joan Cora Alupo with intent to procure a ransom contrary to section 243 (I) of the Penal Code Act.
The prosecution claims that Agaba and others still at large on May 1, 2013 at Muyenga A Kironde Road in the Kampala District kidnapped Alupo with intent to procure a ransom or benefit for her liberation from the danger of being murdered.
Agaba was in May this year extradited from South Africa where he had been hiding for almost a year before he was arraigned in Makindye Magistrate’s Court.
Police had accused him of being behind the kidnap and murder of Suzan Magara, 28 on February 7, 2018, as she drove to her home in Lungujja, Kampala, kept her for weeks, using her phone to call her family for a ransom amounting to Shs700m, that her family is said to have paid but their daughter’s life was not secured she was killed and her body damped on the Entebbe Expressway near on February 27, 2018.