Tempers Flare As Prosecutor And Defence Lawyer Exchange Hot Words In Case On Murder Of Gulu University Lecturer

Defence lawyer Charles Dalton Opwonya for the murder subjects exchanged barbs with the Prosecutor. It took the intervention of the judge to calm the arguing duo.

Tempers flared on Wednesday at Gulu high court as state prosecutor and a defence lawyer exchanged words in a case in which three suspects are being tried for the grisly murder of former Gulu University lecturer Andrew Rackara.

The late Rachkara, a lecturer with the department of business and development studies at Gulu University was shot dead in June 2014 at his home in Pece Division, Gulu Municipality. He had just returned from watching the screening of the world cup when gunmen followed him up his house and shot him four bullets, killing him instantly.

Rogers Opiyo, Patrick Ocaka alias Richard Oryem and Alikan Majid Ojera are three suspects charged with his murder.

In a court session on Wednesday the Senior State Prosecutor Patrick Omia said he was not happy with what he termed as constant interruption by defence lawyer Charles Dalton Opwonya who is representing the murder suspects.

Omia told Justice Vincent Okwanga of the Gulu high court that the Opwonya was raising petty issues in court.

Opwonya had constantly raised points of objection and demanded clarification in the statement of prosecution witness Lilly Adong, a mother to the deceased.

Adong was testifying on   threatening phone calls to her and her late son Rackara which were traced to one of the suspects in the murder Patrick Ocaka alias Richard Oryem, a Gulu special high driver.

But Opwonya defended his actions of seeking clarifications from the prosecution witness, argument State prosecutor Omia said was unconvincing. In return Dalton Opwonya offered to help Omia in his case. Omia retorted that he did not need anyone’s help.

It took the intervention of the judge to cool the hot exchange of words between the prosecutor and the defence lawyer.

Hearing of the case is before the Gulu high court.