Pato, a key suspect in the Magara murder granted bail

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Agaba Patrick alias Pato (M), and some of his co-accused. /Courtesy Photo
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The High Court in Kampala has released businessman Patrick Kashaija Agaba alias Pato on a non-cash bail after presenting four sureties including his father.

Nyanzi granted bail to Pato arguing that the prosecution had no objections to his application. He noted that Pato’s sureties including his father Christopher Kasaija and Uncle Richard Byona had proved to court that they are substantial having been able to respond to questions that were asked.

Other sureties were his friends Ambrose Byona an Accountant and Arnold Ananura the Managing Director Baka Security Firm were bonded non-cash bail of 25 million shillings.

Justice Nyanzi asked Pato to deposit a photocopy of the sales agreement of the area in lower Muwanga Zone in Makindye where his house is built. This implies that should he abscond from the trial; government will automatically take over his property.

He has also been directed to report to the Officer in Charge of CID Kabalagala Police Station once in a month. He will also do the same to the Deputy Court Registrar effective next month.

Agaba is accused of kidnapping businesswoman Joan Alupo Cora, with intent to obtain a ransom from her relatives.

The prosecution alleges that on May 1, 2013, Agaba and others still at large, while in Muyenga in Kampala, kidnapped Alupo, with intent to procure a ransom from her relatives in exchange for her safety.

It is further alleged that the accused (Agaba) kidnapped and held Alupo for two days and allegedly demanded $150,000 which later was increased to $400,000 as a ransom for her release.

The prosecution further contends that the accused and others still at large asked Alupo’s family to wire the money to different accounts in Japan and Tanzania.

Pato was extradited from South Africa in March this year in connection with the murder of Susan Magara but he has not been formally charged in court over it.

Susan a daughter to renowned businessman John Magara was kidnapped on February 7, 2018, along Kabaka Anjagala road in Mengo on her way to her residence in Lungujja and later killed on 27 of the same month in Kigo in Wakiso district.

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