The head of the criminal division of the High Court, Justice Wilson Kwesiga has warned detectives against forcing confessions from suspects so as to achieve convictions in courts of law.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of a two- week refresher course for detective in homicide cases, justice Kwesiga said on several occasions, police officers torture suspects with an aim of forcing them to admit to criminal cases, especially murder but warned this is unlawful.
“You must be very careful while handling confessions because many times we have seen complainants tortured to confess to participating in crimes yet it is unlawful. Confessions which are unlawfully got are useless because if an accused makes allegations that you tortured them, the confession does not stand, “Kwesiga said.
“Confessions must be voluntary and if he doesn’t confess, don’t beat him to confess. Apart from confession, take an extra step to get more evidence.”
The judge explained that detectives are so important in the course of dispensation of justice, noting that they should always be professional while carrying out their job.
“A detective must be able to read about other cases so as to have knowledge. While investigating a case, your goal must not be to get a conviction but rather get justice for the victim, accused and the families of both parties,” Justice Kwesiga said.
The head of the criminal division of the High Court however asked the police leadership to ensure they organize regular refresher course for help equip detectives.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Justice Jane Frances Abodo asked detectives to always investigate cases to the logical conclusion.
“There should not be a case that goes for 10 years without being concluded. Don’t give relatives false hope that you are still investigating yet the case file was closed long ago,”Abodo said.
The judge also urged detectives to always carry out intelligence led investigations so as to help get to conclusions of the cases they are investigating.
The CID director, AIGP Grace Akullo said the two- week refresher course will help homicide investigators develop knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently manage cases.