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IUM student killer pleads innocence

IUM student killer pleads innocence

‘I AM INNOCENT’: Photo and footage: Victor Elia (left) with his lawyer (right) shortly before the commencement of his trial. Photo: Eba Kandovazu  

Eba Kandovazu

A BUS driver accused of killing his girlfriend in early 2017 before dumping her body at the western bypass has denied involvement in the crime.

Victor Elia, 38, has been charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the course of justice under the provisions of the combating of domestic violence act.

He has pleaded not guilty.

He is accused of killing Iyaloo Hainghumbi, a student at the International University of Management (IUM), after she informed him that she wanted to end their almost four years relationship.

Elia did not disclose the basis of his not guilty plea, thereby challenging the state to prove the allegations.

At the start of the trial today, Iyaloo’s younger sister, Maria Hainghumbi, told the court that she first met the suspected murderer two days before Iyaloo was killed. 

It is her testimony that she did not know the two were dating, nor did she know about him.

“I last saw my sister on a Monday when she left home for school. The day after, I went jogging and still hadn’t seen my sister, but I assumed she was at my cousin’s place where she usually goes. Wednesday came and my mother started getting worried. That Wednesday, my father called to inform us about going to the mortuary to identify a body and our worst fears were confirmed. My sister had died,” Maria narrated while holding back tears.

Elia, through his Lawyer Mbanga Siyomundji, said that Iyaloo had informed him that she had another boyfriend and that he replied by saying he had no problem with it, adding that he last saw her on Sunday.

It is alleged that Elia robbed Iyaloo of her cellphone, sim card, handbag, jacket and shoes and burned them to cover up his crime. The state is further charging that Elia washed the bus and cleaned the bloodstains left inside, in an attempt defeat the course of justice, frustrate police investigations and cover his tracks. 

Upon the discovery of Iyaloo’s body, her head was found severely swollen with bruises.

The trial is before Acting Judge Eileen Rakow. Salomon is Kanyemba representing the state.

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