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Magistrate asks suspect to count his teeth after lying about age

Kitgum Chief Magistrate’s court was a scene of drama on Monday when a suspect lied about his age to escape being tried as an adult. 

It all started after Ivan Cankara was arraigned before the Kitgum Grade one magistrate, John Paul Obuya to plead to the charges of stealing a mobile handset and wallet containing a National Identity card.     

Cankara told court that he was 16-years of age. He claimed that he was born on April 28th, 2003. Unsatisfied with the suspect’s age, Obuya ordered him to count his teeth to prove that he is a minor. 

Cankara, who didn’t hesitate counted his teeth and told the magistrate that he had 15 upper teeth. In his response, Obuya told the suspect that he is an adult and will stand trial as an adult.

“You are an adult, so you are rightly charged as an adult,” Obuya told the suspect. 

Cankara however pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Kitgum Central prison until December 18, 2019 when he will return for the hearing of his case. Details of the case are that the suspect stole items valued at Shs 70,000 from Silver Spoon Garden on November 10 this year from Bazilio Olwoch, a police constable.


0 #1 rubangakene 2019-12-03 19:15
Have mouth full of teeth, you are guilty as charged! How "primal" can one get?
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2019-12-04 13:22
How can any one determine another's age by the number of teeth
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0 #3 rubangakene 2019-12-06 21:52
Mr. Wadada,

Actually, they can do so up to a certain accuracy if the person's development is healthy, but it should not be admissible in court per se.

This phenomenon has been there fora long time. (Secondary School Biology anyone?)
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