ACCUSED SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS AND ONE MONTH IN PRISON

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The general Court martial in Makindye has sentenced two convicts to three years and one month in prison on two counts of unlawful possession of firearms.
The two and others still at large were found robbing Nsambya Total station belonging to Dr Kiiza Besigye in June, 2019, in Nsambya.

The sentenced convicts include a one, Banuli Lubega, a prison warder at Kigo Prison, and David Okello, a security guard with Rock Security Company. The two, who were facing two counts of unlawful possession of firearms however, in the last court sitting, pleaded guilty to these offences.

Basing on their guilty plea, the chairman of the General court Martial, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti, sentenced them to 3 years in prison.

In sentencing the convicts, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti based his judgment on the nature of the offences against the accused, and that they are first offenders, among other grounds.

According to the brief facts, Prosecution told court that Banuli Lubanga, David Okello and others still at large, on or around June 22, 2019, while at Nsambya Total Fuel Station, Makindye Division in Kampala district, were found in unlawful possession of a firearm, ordinarily a monopoly of the Defence Forces.
It was during the arrest of the accused that a one, Banuli Lubanga, was shot in the leg by flying squad. Later, Okello was arrested, but two others managed to escape.
The two were facing charges under the firearms act section 3(1) (2) (a) Cap 229.

Meanwhile, Cpl Ssemaganda John, aged 52, a UPDF officer attached to Kawere barracks in Mubende district, has pleaded guilty to two offences of failure to protect war materials and 30 rounds of ammunition.

Prosecution informed court that on or around 13th December, 2019, at Kawere Village East division in Mubende, Ssemaganda lost a gun and 30 rounds of ammunition while working as a security guard.

The Sam court has sentenced a one, Monday Agustine, to two years and ten months in prison on offences of unlawful possession of firearms and unlawful possession of ammunition on his plea of guilty.

The general court martial has also changed two SFC soldiers, LDU and a civilian with two counts of murder when they killed Katinda John Bosco, a businessman in Luwero district.
However, they all pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences.

These include, PTE Olobo Sadik, PTE Apiku Jackson, and a one, Sebina Richard Ssekitoleko.
Prosecution informed court that investigations are still ongoing in this matter, and the accused were remanded to Kitalya Prison and Makindye Military prison until 09th November, 2020.

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