Katheryne Fuller, Aide to “The Amazing Race” Producer killed by drugs, fined in Uganda

Posted March 4, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 4,493 views


Assistant producer Katheryne Fuller of the U.S. television show “The Amazing Race” is assisted by Brad Nathanson (L), a private South African investigator, and her father Steward Fuller (R), as she departs the courthouse after pleading guilty of cocaine usage in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, March 1, 2012. “The Amazing Race” television producer Jeff Rice of the U.S. was found dead in Uganda last month after taking contaminated cocaine, a private investigator said. Rice’s assistant Fuller was also found unconscious at the same time as Rice’s body was discovered on February 18 at the Serena hotel in Kampala. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu

(Reuters) – Katheryne Fuller pleaded guilty on Thursday to drug possession, paid a fine and was freed, her lawyers said.

Kathryne Fuller, 29, was charged with possession of cocaine after taking drugs with producer Jeff Rice, who was found dead in a Kampala hotel on February 18.

An official toxicology report confirmed the drug was in Rice’s blood, dispelling initial suspicions that the father-of-two known for his work on the U.S. show “The Amazing Race” had been poisoned by attackers.

“She was given the option of a fine of 1 million shillings or six months’ imprisonment,” Paul Rutisya, Fuller’s lawyer, told Reuters. “We (paid) the fine.”

The South African woman was found unconscious in a hotel room at the same time that Rice’s body was discovered.

“I took cocaine and I passed out. I can’t remember what happened after that. I woke up in the hospital,” Fuller said.

Fuller has been released by Ugandan authorities to go home to South Africa and seek medical treatment. She has been paralysed down her right side since taking the drug and was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair.

“I feel much better knowing that I’m free to go,” she said.

“I have to go to South Africa for them to figure out what is wrong, for them to do an MRI (scan) to figure out what exactly is not working and why it’s not working.”

Fuller’s lawyers had said she was being held unlawfully in Uganda since she had not been charged with a crime within the legal time limit.

Her father, Stewart Fuller, said he was happy to be taking his daughter home. “I think the fine was reasonable (and) I think she will remember this for a very long time,” he said.

Police have a 23-year-old Ugandan man in their custody whom they accuse of supplying the two with cocaine.

Moses Kalanzi was charged on Thursday with manslaughter and a negligent act causing death, as well as two drug-related offences. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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