Several inmates from Gulu Central Prison whose cases were lined up for hearing were stuck in the holding cells for several hours after prison warders fidgeted to break the padlock.
Sign post of Gulu High Court Circuit - Photo by Dominic Ochola
The Gulu Resident Judge, Stephen Mubiru was
forced to adjourn several cases on Thursday morning after the padlock to the
court holding cell failed to open.
Several inmates from Gulu Central
Prison whose cases were lined up for hearing were stuck in the holding cells
for several hours as Prison warders fidgeted to break the padlock.
Moses Akecho, a Court Clerk told URN that the
incident delayed the commencement of the court sessions forcing Justice Mubiru to
adjourn the cases up to August 29th, 2019.
He said says several cases were lined up for
ruling by the Judge.
A prison warder, who preferred anonymity because he
is not authorized to speak to the media, said they were forced to outsource the
services of a private welder in Gulu town to crack the padlock.
Several people from Gulu and Kitgum district
who had gathered for the court session and expected to witness the trial of their relatives left heartbroken.