Criminal law

Semanda Vs Uganda (MISCELLENOUS APPLICATION No. 05 OF 2018) [2019] UGCA 31 (9 April 2019);


Search Summary: 

The applicant was convicted of murder contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act, sentenced to ten years imprisonment and he appealed against the sentence and conviction. He subsequently applied for bail pending appeal.

Headnote and Holding: 

The court considered whether or not to grant the applicant bail. The court held that in an application for bail pending appeal, the court inter alia considered the character of the applicant. The court was not satisfied that the applicant was of good character since he had not adduced a letter from the prison authorities certifying his good character since he was confined and a letter of his area local council confirming his character before he was imprisoned. The court accordingly concluded that the applicant was likely to repeat the offence while on bail and declined to grant him bail.


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