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Man in Masaka Jailed 50 Years For Murder

Vincent Mpagi was sentenced on Thursday by Masaka High Court judge, Justice Dr Winfred Nabisnde after convicting him of two counts of murder and aggravated robbery.
01 Aug 2019 13:28

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Masaka High Court has sentenced a man to 50 years imprisonment for murder.

Vincent Mpagi was sentenced on Thursday by Masaka High Court judge, Justice Dr Winfred Nabisnde after convicting him of two counts of murder and aggravated robbery.

State prosecutor Amina Akasa told court that Mpagi on 3rd April 2018 at Kaswa Village in Lwengo district while armed with a panga and an axe robbed a mobile phone, a flat TV screen, and 1.2 million shillings belonging to Mike Matovu. 

Court heard that Mpagi and Matovu were friends when they met at Saza Prison in Masaka district where they had been imprisoned on different cases.

Akasa told court that Matovu left prison before Mpagi was released and after completing his sentence (Mpagi) went to Kaswa to visit his friend and help him get some transport fees to go to Rakai, but instead turned against him and robbed his belongings before killing him in cold blood.

Akasa asked court to give a long custodial sentence to Mpagi because he turned against his friend who decided to give him shelter and finical assistance.

The defence lawyer Lule Alexander asked court to give a simple punishment to the convict because he is the sole breadwinner of his family and he pleaded guilty to the offence, hence not wasting courts time. 

However, in her ruling the presiding Judge, Nabisinde says that murder and aggravated robbery cases are common and increasing in Masaka region. She said that its court’s duty to protect communities from dangerous people such as Mpagi.

She says that court considered that the convict pleaded guilty to the two counts and the time he had spent on remand before reaching at the sentence of 50 years imprisonment.

Justice Nabisinde told the fully parked courtroom that for the count of murder she sentenced Mpagi to 35 years, and for the offence of aggravated robbery he is to serve 15 years.

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