Trial of Suspects in Murder of Former Gulu Lecturer to Resume in May
The trial of two men charged with the murder of Andrew Rachkara, a former lecturer in June 2014 is to resume in May according to Rosemary Bareebe, the Gulu High Court, Assistant Registrar.
Rachkara was gunned down on the night of June 14, 2014 at his gate in Pece, an outskirt east Gulu town as he returned home from watching the screening of a World Cup football game.
In a letter dated April 1, 2019 and copied to the Gulu resident High Court Judge, Justice Stephen Mubiru, Bareebe stated that the suspects, Patrick Ochaka alias Bosco Onen and Alikan Majid Ojera will appear for the hearing of their case on May 16, 2019.
The lawyer of the suspects, Dalton Opwonya of Opwonya of Opwonya and Company Advocates has been informed on the date of the trial.
In August 2017, Rachkara’s mother, Lilly Adong told the trial judge at the time, Justice Vincent Okwanga, that her family had received threatening phone calls before her son was murdered. She was testifying as the second state witness.
Adong told court that in the month of May 2014, prior to the gruesome murder of her son, the caller, male voice was threatening that her family will she tears over a life loss.
She further states that the anonymous phone caller told her that she will cry and will never forget.
The Police flying squad unit from Kampala in July 2014, recovered the weapons which were suspected to have been used to kill Rachkara.
The guns including an AK 47 and a pistol from a garden in Patiko Sub County, 20KM north of Gulu town.
Police preliminary investigation report indicates that the deceased was killed after one of the suspects in the case decided to silence him in order to disappear with 33 million, he handed him in order to acquire a brand- new car from South Sudan.