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Four Jailed for Breaching SOPs on COVID-19

Prosecution led by the Abim Resident State Attorney, Patrick Angulipa had prayed for a deterrent sentence arguing that there was general laxity by the public to adhere to the SOPs especially wearing of masks, social distancing and washing hands hence exposing lives to the danger of COVID-19 infection.
The Abim Grade One Magistrate has sentenced four men to prison for a month for violating the night-time curfew and contravening the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  The found appeared before the Abim Grade One Magistrate, Nicholas Aisu on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the charges.  They were jointly charged with knowingly or having reason to behave in a manner likely to spread infection or disease dangerous to life following their arrest on Tuesday.    

They are David Omara Abura, Geoffrey Ogwang, Patrick Okello and Jimmy Ronald Owiny. Prior to their conviction, one of the convicts pleaded with the court for a lenient sentence, saying he was on ARVs, the life-prolonging drugs for People living with HIV/Aids.    

Prosecution led by the Abim Resident State Attorney, Patrick Angulipa had prayed for a deterrent sentence arguing that there was general laxity by the public to adhere to the SOPs especially wearing of masks, social distancing and washing hands hence exposing lives to the danger of COVID-19 infection.  

“My Lord it’s my prayer that the convicts be given a deterrent sentence so that the public will be reminded about the SOPs and curfew hours,” submitted Angulipa.  

  In his ruling, Aisu said he hopes the month-long sentence given to the convicts will serve as a caution to other Ugandans violating the SOPs and the government directives on COVID-19. Currently, curfew begins at 9:00 pm and runs to 6:00 am.

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