George Okot, one of the suspects accused of his involvement in the removal of three metallic doors at Boma Ground pleaded guilty and opted for plea bargaining. He was accordingly sentenced to 30 months imprisonment with an option of a fine of 500, 000 Shillings.
Some of the suspects of vandalism with their stolen metals.
Six suspects including a minor have appeared
before the Kotido Grade II Magistrate, Paulino Lotyang Abunyala for theft of
government property contrary to sections 254 and 261 of the Penal Code Act.
The suspects are accused of cutting
180 angles bars from the fence of Kotido Health Centre IV, another 170 angle
bars from the fence of Kotido Mixed Primary School and three metallic doors
from a public latrine facility at Kotido Boma Ground in Kotido Municipality.
The suspects include businessman, Hussein
Muduli, Michael Ekuju, a guard with KK Security, George Okot, a mansion, Elijah
Lomoe, Sowedi Hazzan and the teenager whose identity has been withheld because
he is a minor.
The Kotido Resident State Attorney, Anthony
Obwonyo Jabwor sanctioned three separate files for Kotido Municipal Council,
Kotido Mixed Primary School and Kotido Health Centre IV.
George Okot, one of the suspects accused of his involvement in
the removal of three metallic doors at Boma Ground pleaded guilty and opted for
plea bargaining. He was accordingly sentenced to 30 months imprisonment
with an option of a fine of 500, 000 Shillings.
Court also ordered the convict to pay Shilling.
900, 000 in damages to Kotido Municipal Council or replace the property he
vandalized. His co-accused, Muduli Hussein who is charged with being in
possession of stolen property pleaded not guilty.
The remaining suspects couldn’t enter plea
because they were jointly charged with a minor and the Grade II magistrate has
no jurisdiction to try minors. Abunyala referred the two files to the Grade One
Magistrate and set April 16 for the mention of the case.
The Kotido Grade II Magistrate, Paulino Lotyang
Abunyala remanded the suspects to prison until April 16th. The charges stem from a police operation last
week in which government property worth Shillings 28 million was recovered from
Muduli’s store and two others.
disclosed the group that has been vandalizing government installations in
Kotido district like Kotido Health Centre IV, Kotido Mixed Primary School and Kotido