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Six Appear in Court for Theft, Vandalism

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.  

The suspects disclosed the group that has been vandalizing government installations in Kotido district like Kotido Health Centre IV, Kotido Mixed Primary School and Kotido Municipal Council.