Court of appeal upholds 17 years jail sentence of Rukungiri man

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By Moses Agaba

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kabale has upheld a 17 –year jail sentence which was handed to Obed Mugahwenkyi who was convicted for stealing from his teacher in Rukungiri District.

Obed Mugahwenkyi   was on May 17th 2018 sentenced to 17 years in Prison by the Rukungiri High Court by Justice Moses Kawumi Kazibwe over aggravated robbery.

Mugahwenkyi   who was a secondary school student as well a businessman went into a business deal with his teacher after making the deal they went for an outing where they drunk till late after him seeing that he was drunk he took him to his home after he later turned against him and robbed him off Ugx 500.000= using a Machete as he tried to resist he cut him several times on the face and head.

In his appeal, Mugahwenkyi   contends that the learned trial judge Moses Kazibwe Kawumi erred in law and fact when he failed to evaluate the evidence on record.

In their unanimous decision, the three justices Lady Justices Irene Mulyagonja, Eva Luswata, and Justice Christopher Gashirabake ruled that the trial Judge acted in accordance with the law in convicting and sentencing the Appellant and thus dismissed the appeal.

“The appellant will continue to serve the 17 years imprisonment from the date of conviction,” court ruled.

The justices noted that the sentence was not illegal or harsh since he deducted the 1 year the appellant had spent on remand and thus sentenced him to 17  years.

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