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Magistrate Rejects Plea-Bargain Request from Mukono Robbery Prime Suspect

Kirumira is facing a string of robbery charges together with ten others in connection to robberies at Spice supermarket, residential premises, schools, pump fuel stations, and parking lots.
Ramathan Kirumira in a blue 'T' shirt. He is one of the prime suspect in Mukono robberies.
Mukono Grade I Magistrate, Maureen Mukoya has rejected a request by one of the prime suspects charged in connection with the recent robberies in Mukono district to enter plea bargaining. It came after Ramathan Kirumira pleaded guilty and applied for plea bargaining. 

Kirumira is facing a string of robbery charges together with ten others in connection to robberies at Spice supermarket, residential premises, schools, pump fuel stations, and parking lots. He appeared together with Asuman Kanangodawa, Ismail Ssekuburwa, and John Kalyango before the Mukono Grade I magistrate Maureen Mukoya Tuesday.

The prosecution led by Irene Nambozo told the court that the quartet attacked a home at Kasangalabi in Mukono Central division commonly known as 'Whitehouse' and stole various items including a mobile phone worth over Shillings 5 million and a smartwatch worth USD 300. 

They reportedly threatened to use deadly weapons such as machetes, knives, and guns against Immaculate Gitta Nanyombi whom they found at home. Much as the suspects had appeared for the mentioning of their case, Kirumira has asked the magistrate to allow him entry into a plea-bargain after pleading guilty to the crimes. 

However, Mukoya declined to grant his request, saying the suspects had only appeared before the court for the mention of their case. She advised the suspects to forward their request to the High court, which has jurisdiction over their matter. "The prosecution is warned against the delays in finalizing the investigations since they may lead to dismissal of the case," Magistrate Mukoya warned.

This is the second time the matter was coming up for mention in the magistrate's court. The suspect first appeared before the same court before Grade I Magistrate Tadeo Muinda on July 20th, 2022. Muinda has since been transferred from Mukono to Kalisizo Grade I Magistrates Court in Kyotera district. Mukoya further remanded the suspects to Luzira maximum prison until August 23, 2022, when they will return to the court for commital to High Court. 


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