Man sent to jail for stealing paint

By Sania Babirye

A 32 year old man who stole five plascon paint tins valued at 275000 has been charged with theft and remanded to Kitalya government prison.

The suspect has been identified as Erias Muwanga self employed and a resident of Ndejje Kibutika zone Makindye Ssabagabo in Kampala district.

He has been produced before Makindye chief magistrate court grade one magistrate Patience Ronah Tukundane and pleaded not guilty to the said charge. .

He has been remanded until 12th of June for trial.

Prosecution states that Muwanga and others still at large on the 20th of May 2020 at Kibiri village Wakiso district stole 5 tins of paint valued at 275000shillings the property of Timothy Byaruhanga.

Man held for stealing maize flour and other household items

By Sania Babirye

As the ongoing lock down continues to take toll on Ugandans, a 21 year old man who broke into his neighbor’s house and stole home items including food valued at 3.2 million shillings has been charged with theft and remanded to Kitalya government prison.

The suspect is identified as 21 year old Ivan Kamya 21 a businessman and a resident of Gangu ‘A’ zone Makindye Ssabagabo.

He has appeared before Makindye court grade one magistrate Edith Mbabazi and denied the offense.

The things he allegedly stole include 25 kilos of maize flour, a flask , TV and cash 2.2million shillings.

The said stolen property belonged to Hassan Kasadha

The accused is alleged to have committed the offense on the 28th of April 2020 at Gangu zone Makindye Ssabagabo

Fifty year old ordered to 200 hours of community service over theft

By Sania Babirye

City hall court has ordered a fifty year old man to do 200 hours of Community Service after he pleaded guilty to theft of a mobile phone.

James Katongole a self employed resident of Kyengera in Wakiso District has been jailed by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Marion Mangeni.

He pleaded guilty during a plea bargaining session and accepted to do eight weeks of cleaning Buganda road court.

The convict first denied the said charges when he was charged on the 18th of December 2019 and remanded to Luzira prison.

Prosecution states that on the convict while at Mukwano arcade in Central division Kampala snatched an Itel Mobile phone valued at 250,000 from a one Asiimwe.

The victim however raised an alarm leading to the arrest of the convict and recovery of the phone that was already shattered on the screen.

Painter who stole a mattress faces a year’s jail sentence

By Sania Babirye

A painter who has accepts stealing a mattress has been sent to jail for one year in Luzira prison.

The suspect is identified as 27 year old Patrick Okweda a resident of Kyebando in Kampala.

On the 5th of February, Grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise charged Okweda with theft, an offense which he denied .

But after spending one week in Luzira prison, today, the convict changed his not guilty plea to guilty and asked for leniency promising to never commit the said offense again.

However, the magistrate noted that such offenses are rampant in her court jurisdiction and that its only through giving deterrent sentences including long custodial sentences that such criminals will stop.

Prosecution states that, the accused on the 30th of January 2020 at Kyebando stole one mattress valued at 150,000shilling to a one Harriet Lokuru.

Three accused of stealing building materials have been charged

By Sania Babirye

Three people who are accused of stealing Plumbing materials valued at 8.1 million shillings from hardware city located at Nakasero have been arraigned before Buganda road court and charged with theft.

These include a security guard attached to SGA and a residents of Mbuya in Nakawa division, 18 year old Tumuhimbise Confidence a waitress and also resident of Mbuya and 20 year old Niwamanya Kenneth a casual laborer and resident of Katanga zone also in Nakawa division Kampala district.

These have however pleaded not guilty before grade one magistrate Joan Acha and remanded until the 7th of February 2020 as investigations continues.

Prosecution states that between December 2019 and 19th January 2020, at hardware city at Nakasero street stole plumbing materials valued at 8,100,000 shillings a property of a one Sembajwe Abdallah.

Tumuhimbise confidence is further charged with receiving alleged stolen plumbing materials while knowing valued at 1.9 million shillings belonging to a one Bakar Edris while Niwamanya Keneath is also separately charged with allegedly receiving stolen plumbing materials valued at 840,000 shillings.

Parliament’s store keeper convicted of stealing a DVD set

By Sania Babirye

A civil servant working as a permanent staff at parliament has had his 8 month jail sentence for stealing a DVD video recorder squashed by the high court in Kampala.

Ochen Peter who was a store keeper had been convicted of stealing the said DVD worth 800,000 shillings and ordered to serve 8 months in Luzira prison and ordered to refund the said money.

However, being dissatisfied with the lower court judgement, he appealed both the conviction and sentence maintaining that he was innocent .

Ochen had stated that on the alleged day of 2nd May 2019 when the alleged theft took place, he was at Mulago hospital caring for his son who had been admitted at the hospital.

Ochen had also presented admission letters and a discharge form that showed the admission and their discharge on the 7th of May five days after the said theft took place.

However, the lower court dismissed his evidence saying that he was the one with access to the store were the said theft took place.

And today, high court judge Yasin Nyanzi was in agreement with Ochen that evidence adduced showed that he was indeed at Mulago hospital nursing his son who was had testified in court that his father was at hospital that day taking care of him and could not leave his sick sin at 11pm in the night alone at the hospital to go to Parliament to steal the said DVD .

Justice Nyanzi has also faulted the security at parliament of failing to at least show Ochen at parliament premises that day as alleged.

In conclusion, Justice Nyanzi observed that Ochen was never at Parliament that day and that indeed state failed to link the convict to the scene of crime.

He is also concerned with the convict that he was not the only person with access to the said room since other people including his supervisor had access too.

He then squashed both the conviction and sentence and set Ochen free ordering that being a public servant, the said illegal conviction should not have a baring to his job .

Mourner remanded for stealing condolence worth UGX10 million

By Sania Babirye

A Kampala resident who stole the 10 million shillings of condolence money to the family of the late Mary Luwumu in Kitugum district has been charged and remanded to Kitgum government prison.

The suspect is identified as 27 year old Daniel Lubowa a resident of Kawempe division in Kampala district.

He has appeared before Kitugum grade one magistrate John Paul Obua and charged with theft and trespass and denied the offenses.

He has now been remanded to Kitgum government prison until the 9th of September when hearing of his case is expected to commence.

The suspect was arrested last Saturday and detained at Kitgum central police station.

The said envelope containing 10 million shillings had been delivered by the prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda on behalf of President Museveni to the deceased’s family.

The money was allegedly with one of the deceased’s daughter and the suspect is said to have targeted the victim at her most vulnerable moments when her mother was being lowered into the grave and tried to stole the envelope containing the money at st.Paul church.

Employer steals sugar, abandons boss’ truck

By Sania Babirye

A driver who was sent to Lugazi sugar factory to fetch 250 bags of sugar and later stole 225 and abandoned his boss’s Fuso track on the road with only 25 bags has denied being an employee of his accuser.

Mwesige Samuel 30 years old is a businessman in Kyotera and testified before Buganda road court that he had informally employed a one Senyonjo Deo as his driver and was known throughout out the town as his driver.

He further stated that on the the 3rd day of January 2019, he sent Senyonjo to Lugazi sugar factory to buy the said sugar of 50kg a bag but on the 4th day of January 2019, while he was still sleeping received a call from another employee of his claiming that he had seen his Fuso parked in a trench near the road in Mpigi on Masaka road.

And that when he tried to call the suspect, his phone was switched off.

He further testified that he contacted police and was given three officials from the flying squad who helped to track the accused via GPS three months after hiding in Lukwanga in Wakiso district.

Upon arrest, the suspect is alleged to have confessed to have stolen the said sugar and sold it off with his sister to someone on William street but claims that the money was however stolen from him by a one Kakaire who is also a suspect.

However during cross examination, Senyonjo tasked his alleged boss to prove that he ever employed him which documents he did not have.

This forced Senyonjo to ask court to dismiss the said charges against him in grounds that his alleged boss can not prove that he ever employed him.

The said stolen sugar was valued at 32milion Uganda shillings.

But his boss also insisted that the suspect was indeed his driver and that there is also evidence yo show that he indeed did drive the said Fuso into Lugazi sugar factory loaded the said sugar and signed out with his driving permit before turning around and stealing it.

The suspect had disappeared after he turned his phone off but he was arrested when he bought a new sim card and inserted it in his old phone leading to Flying squad officials tracking him and arresting him.

The victim who deals in general merchandise shop also told court that he has since never recovered his sugar.

Matter was further adjourned to 14th of june 2019 for further hearing.

Car thieves committed for trial

BY Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has committed to the high court two men who are on charges of aggravated robbery.

The two include 31 year old Ssekide Patrick and 27 year old Okechi Patrick.

These are said to have dragged a one kibuka John with chloroform and robbed him of vehicle registration number UBD 226B before leaving him unconscious in a pool of blood.

State prosecutor Pamela Orongot has formed Nakawa court grade one magistrate Odwori Ponsiano that she has instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution to have the accused committed for trial in the high court since investigations into the matter are complete.

These are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to section 285 (8) and 286 (2) of the penal code act and also causing bodily harm to the victim.

Prosecution states that on the Ssekide Patrick and Okechi Patrick with others still at large on tge 31st of July 2018 at Nambole South Kira Municipality, in Wakiso district robbed Kibuka John of motor vehicle Registration number UBD 226B Mitsubishu canter and at immediately after the said robbery caused grievance harm to the said Kibuka.

According to the evidence which prosecution intends to produce through the trial include the fact that a one Nabirye Faith is tge owner of the said vehicle and that she had employed Kibuka John to drive the said vehicle for Harsh security ltd on the 30th of July 2018.

That on the 31st of July 2018,Kibuka John was called on his mobile phone by unknown people asking to hire a vehicle for transportation of household items.

And that on that same day Kibuka proceeded to Nambole and met one of the suspect Ssekide Patrick who entered in the passenger seat and they drove to a residential area near a gate and only recalls waking up in hospital.

The victim was rushed unconscious to Ziwa Memorial clinic in Bweyogerere by a bodaboda rider who found me unconscious in a pool of blood and later when he regained consciousness, they called his wife who reported the matter to police.

The suspects were arrested after police analysed Kibuka’s telephone data and traced the line and other phone call numbers belonging to both of them.

Police also recovered the said vehicle which they had changed the number plates to UAU 918D and was being hidden in one of their garage.

Okechi upon arrest admitted to have been supplying Ssekide with fake number plates on stolen vehicles, however, Ssekide denied ever stealing the said vehicle and claimed that it belonged to a one Swaleh whom he could not locate.

These have further been remanded to Luzira prison until when High court will set a date for hearing of their case.

Parliament driver seeks for UGX 15M for eye surgery

By Sania Babirye

A driver with the Uganda Parliament is at the verge of losing his eye if he does not get immediate medical attention after he was attacked by robbers.

Emona Francis revealed this before high court Judge Tony Vicent Okwanga after court concluded hearing of a case in which a one Wanyama Felix aka Pingu is charged with hitting him with an iron bar and leaving his left eye damaged during a robbery.

The suspect is also said to have robbed Emona’s UGX15,000 during the incident before hitting him on the head and left eyes which left him bleeding profoundly.

Wanyama is facing two counts including aggravated robbery and causing actual bodily harm using a deadly weapon, charges he denies.

Prosecutions states that on the 15th of July 2015 at 1pm in the night, in Kiwungu zone Mulago in Kampala district, Wanyama used the deadly weapon and robbed Emona Francis’ UGX 15,000 and at immediately or after uses a deadly weapon to hit him causing grievance harm.

Evidence further shows that on that fateful day, Emona was coming from Entebbe airport on official duty and when he reached Kampala, he decided to drop the government vehicle at Mulago police post for packing.

Emona is said to have taken a bodaboda to his home but got off and as he was walking to his home, the suspect came behind him and hit him on the head and left eyes as he heard his wife struggles to open for him the door.

When Emona fell on the ground, the suspect searched his trouser pockets and took the only UGX 15000 that was in his pockets.

His wife later rushed him to Wandegeya clinic before he was referred for eye surgery at Mengo hospital.

Emona says he suffered a lot of injuries in his eyes and he still feels so much pain from the stitches he has so far received and that he is also partially blind .

He adds that his doctors have recommended surgery and is currently looking for UGX 15 million to pay for the surgery .