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Court fines woman Shs200,000 over sending threatening SMS

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    Court has fined a businesswoman Shs200,000 for threatening violence.
    Ms Diana Ngabire, who would have spent a month in jail if she had failed to pay the fine, was found guilty of sending text messages threatening to harm Ms Doreen Kamira, the widow to Bryan Bukenya.

    Ms Kamira is the daughter-in-law of the former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya.
    Prof. Bukenya’s son died in a road accident two years ago.

    Admits to crime
    The Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, Ms Eleanor Mary Khainza, passed the sentence basing on the Ngabire’s admission in court to have at one time used her phone to send a message telling Ms Kamira to desist from forcing her (Ngabire) husband to sell property meant for her children.

    “In this court five witnesses have testified in this case though the source to some text messages adduced as exhibits has never been found, at least the accused admitted to have sent one of these messages,” Ms Khainza said.

    Ms Kamira in her evidence pinning the convict, told court that the businesswoman threatened her on a number of occasions, citing the murder of her watchman, Richard Lubega, at her home in Najjanankubi, a Kampala suburb, which the businesswoman was allegedly involved in.

    However, the businesswoman denied the allegation and was defended by her lawyer, Mr Godfrey Hambaza, who distanced the claim and sought court to stick to the charge of threatening violence as drafted on the charge sheet.

    Prosecution alleged that Ms Ngabire in January 2010 within Kampala District, with intent to annoy through text messages, threatened to harm or kill Ms Kamira.