Pabious Otike, the District Natural Resources Officer and Joel Ogwang, the Zonal Cartographer were arrested on Wednesday evening for not only forging land tittles but also selling the land to individuals.
The magistrate Samsom Abiti Loum said that the convicts were not only elders but also blood relatives who could have taken care of their infant victim and ensured that he was protected from all forms of danger.
Lawrence Egole issued the order after Ajuga released Steven Ayine Mugisha, who was arrested on Friday from St. Katherine Girls Secondary School in the middle of the night when he had gone to pick up a senior III student.
The nine were arrested last week from different parts of Lira City West Division by the police during night operations. The arrest followed complaints about criminal gangs who terrorize residents at night.
In his ruling, the Lira Grade One Magistrate, Jonathan Mamimbi sentenced Awal to 24 months in prison, saying that he committed a serious offense. “The offense committed is not an ordinary but a serious offense, which attracts a maximum sentence of 10 years but considering that the convict has not wasted court's time, he is therefore sentenced to 24 months," he ruled.
Hon. Justice Gaswaga noted the remorsefulness of the convicts and their promise to become better people. However, he sentenced the man and the woman to 14 and 8 years respectively, as theirs are serious offenses that were committed on children.
Peter Opio Amalo, the State prosecutor asked court to punish the convict for selling her boss to assailants who murdered her in her own house, adding that the deceased’s family business of over 100m has since collapsed after her death.
In his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Gaswaga told court that the convict has a chance to live a responsible life ahead. However, the offense committed is a serious one and ignorance of the law at the time of the offense is immaterial.
Brian Kalinaki, the Assistant DPP asked court to give the convict a deterrent sentence to act as a lesson to the general public who would want to commit a similar offense, adding that court should not consider his plea of having responsibilities at home because he is not responsible.
In her ruling, Ariakot explained that although the offences of intimidation and threatening violence attract a maximum sentence of four years, Obua acknowledged his mistake and did not waste the courts time hence the four-month sentence.
In September 2021, Ssalamu Godfrey Ngobi, the Assistant Registrar of Lira High Court issued a temporary injunction restraining Ibuje sub-county and Matrix Lands from carrying out any activities at Ibuje rock.
In his ruling on Friday, Justice Vincent Emmy Mugabo dismissed the petition on grounds that Engola did not prove that any illegality or offences were committed in the election by Odur or the Electoral Commission.
The suspects reportedly shot the deceased to death before arresting his 9 family members. They were arrested and charged with murder contrary to section 188/189 of the Penal Code Act, conspiracy to commit murder contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act.
On Tuesday, the petition was dismissed by Justice Vincent Emmy Mugabo on grounds that Aliro and her witnesses who swore affidavits did not produce evidence that they are registered voters of Lira District.