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30-year-old man jailed 20 years for stealing Shs 7000

Justice Winfred Nabisinde

Justice Winfred Nabisinde

A 30-year-old man has been jailed 20 years, for stealing Shs 7000. The convict, Dickson Mwebaze, is a resident of Nakalele village in Sembabule district.  

Court heard that on July 13, 2016, Mwebaze and his colleagues, still at large, waylaid a one Godfrey Kwizera and assaulted him. They reportedly stripped him naked and dumped him in a pool of water, where he was found the next day, struggling for his life. In the process, they also took from him a sum of Shs 7,000. 

Mwebaze pleaded guilty to the charges.  The prosecution asked the court to give him a deterrent sentence to the convict as a message to all persons involved in acts of robbery in which several lives have been lost. But defence lawyer, Alexander Lule told the court that the convict is remorseful for his actions.  

The presiding judge Winfred Nabisinde told the court that the judiciary has a duty to protect the public from people like Mwebaze, who are involved in aggravated robbery which she says warrant a long custodial sentence.   

She says that 20 years’ jail term would be appropriate for the offence, not because of the value of the money stolen but because of the actions of the convict of attempting to kill the victim.

However, the convict will serve 16-years from the time of his conviction, after the deduction of the time spent of three years spent on remand and another reduction of one year for saving courts time by pleading guilty.


+1 #1 Mweru Samuel Byachi 2019-08-06 12:57
I concur with the judge because there was a possibility that the accused could have caused death and there is no doubt he could have also stolen 10 million shillings if the victim had it
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+1 #2 Ugthinker 2019-08-06 13:53
Yes make it costly for one to engage in crime, many will be deterred.

More importantly, sort out the Police, they are a big partner of criminals in Uganda.
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+2 #3 rubangakene 2019-08-06 23:16
What about the ones who steal trillions and cause us slow, psychological deaths?
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+1 #4 samuel 2019-08-07 11:55
why is the Hon. Justice's picture attached therein? Aren't you diverting the public's attention from the lawyer to the Judge!
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0 #5 Odongkara 2019-08-07 22:16
The presiding judge Winfred Nabisinde said, "that the judiciary has a duty to protect the public from people like Mwebaze, who are involved in aggravated robbery which she says warrant a long custodial sentence."

Agreed but why is it still the same judiciary failing to protect Ugandan citizens from the mafia who loot state resources in trillions, failing to protect families like the family of late Akena?

How many known murderers roaming freely on the streets of Uganda? Nabisinde leave us alone with your rhetoric, you sound to be doing justice just because Mwebaze is not from the high and mighty of this country.
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