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UPDF Soldier Sentenced to Two Years for Attempting to Rob Indian National

However Mugabe said he has considered also the time Isoke has spent on remand and considered two months in mitigation and found that effective today, he should serve a sentence of four months and 23 days in jail.
Lance Corporal Richard Isoke who has been sentenced.


  The General Court Martial in Makindye has sentenced a Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier Lance Corporal Richard Isoke to two years in jail for attempting to rob an Indian businessman of his property.

The Court presided over by Brigadier Robert Freeman Mugabe had initially charged Isoke with aggravated robbery but later acquitted him of the crime and instead found him guilty of attempting to rob since the alleged stolen items did not leave the scene of the crime.

It was alleged that on November 1st 2018 at Foundation Building Jinja Road while travelling in Toyota Hiace registration number H4DF 789, Isoke stole 15 laptops of HP type from an Indian national Dhirendra Gwo Swami and he used a deadly weapon of a sub-machine gun -SMG belonging to the army to execute his crime.

The evidence before court shows that by the time of the commission of the crime, Isoke was a driver of the Chief Finance Officer at Mbuya UPDF headquarters.

But after the evidence presented by the Prosecution, the Court found that since Isoke had not removed the laptops from the scene of crime but was intercepted during the process, he can only be found guilty of attempting to rob.

After finding him guilty, the Prosecution asked for court to hand him a deterrent sentence arguing that cases of robbery by people with guns are common in the country.

On his part, Isoke asked Court to be lenient with him on grounds that he is a first-time offender with no previous criminal record and that he has been on remand for more than one year.

In his ruling, Brigadier Mugabe considered the fact that Isoke is a first-time offender, a family man with children, and a wife to look after, and sentenced him to two years in jail.

Mugabe said he has considered also the time Isoke has spent on remand and considered two months in mitigation and found that effective today, he should serve a sentence of four months and 23 days in jail.

According to Mugabe, Isoke will serve his sentence at Makindye Military Police Barracks prison.  

   

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