By Sania Babirye
Two men who broke into a house and stole household items have been handed an 11 year jail sentence each by the high court in Kampala.
Geoffrey Nyanzi and Richard Ssebuwa have been sentenced by high court judge Joseph Mulangira after they were found guilty of robbery charges.
While sentencing them, the judge noted that the harsh punishment should serve as a deterrent to the increased house break in crimes were many Ugandans continue to lose their lives at the hands of the thieves.
The judge has also fined each man two million shillings for the stolen items.
Prosecution states that on the 12th of may 2013 at Abayita Ababiri in Katabi town council, Richard Ssebuwa and Geofrey Nyanzi broke into the house of Namuli Grace and stole items including a radio, a bag, DVD, TV, money among other household items.
The Uganda Police says that the suspected robbers who were arrested at City Oil petrol station in Kamwokya, had also planned to rob Equity Bank.
Two people were injured and two vehicles damaged in a shootout between Police and suspected robbers at City Oil petrol station in Kamwokya on Thursday afternoon. The police officers were reportedly trailing the armed robbers in a numberless Toyota Noah vehicle following intelligence reports.
Emilian Kayima, the Police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan area says that when the six suspected robbers saw that they were being monitored at City Oil, they opened fire forcing police to retaliate. One of them was shot in the leg. Police has arrested all the suspects after they were forced to surrender.
Kayima says the police will work together with the management of the two places that were being targeted to ensure that nothing wrong happens.
Police has identified the suspects as Tonny Nume, Douglas Kintu a 27-year-old vendor in Kampala, Nicholas Ogwal 45 a resident of Nakawa, and Francis Baguma a shoes vendor. Others are Robert Okello a boda boda cyclist, and Frank Lukwago a resident of Nansana. They are all being questioned before they can be taken to court.
Kayima stated that the police intelligence on the robbery was successful urging people to give police details of anything suspicious. He called upon young people to work hard instead of getting into robbery.
Kayima also stated that only one AK47 rifle was recovered, contrary to earlier reports that two rifles and two pistols were recovered from the crime scene. Police sources say they are still conducting further investigations and details of what was being carried in the vehicle are yet to be got.
Charles Oshel, a security guard at Security Group Uganda told journalists that he was tipped by a friend from CID that robbers would come to city oil. He says they were prepared in case of anything, but the support by police is what saved them from the robbers.
The bag was snatched from the Grammy-winning rapper’s bus at about 10pm on Tuesday at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix.
Sergeant Vince Lewis said the vehicle, which was being used for a show featuring Drake and fellow rapper DJ Future the Prince, was unoccupied at the time.
A stagehand, identified as 21-year-old Travion King, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of theft.
King was being held at Maricopa County jail, Phoenix police spokesman Sergeant Vince Lewis said.
He was arrested on a separate matter by Arizona State University Police in Tempe, when the bag containing the jewellery was discovered.
Mr Lewis said King was also identified in CCTV footage.
The jewellery did not belong to Drake, Sergeant Lewis added.
A representative for Drake declined to comment.
Drake and Future The Prince have been co-headlining the Summer Sixteen Tour, which started in July.