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Man Jailed 11-Years for Mob Justice

Prosecution led by Amina Akasa told the High in Masaka that Kityo and two others, still at large, beat two people, identified as John Sibo and Peter Masimu to death during a mob attack. Kityo pleaded guilty to the offence, but prosecution sought a maximum sentence for the suspect as a deterrent measure against people involved in mob justice.
21 Aug 2019 17:15

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A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to 11-years in prison for mob justice. The man identified as Aloysius Kityo, a resident of Mbulire village in Bigasa Sub County, Bukomansimbi district was arrested from the crime scene after he and his colleagues took the lives of two men, suspected of stealing a bicycle on June 13, 2018.  

Prosecution led by Amina Akasa told the High in Masaka that Kityo and two others, still at large, beat two people, identified as John Sibo and Peter Masimu to death during a mob attack. Kityo pleaded guilty to the offence, but prosecution sought a maximum sentence for the suspect as a deterrent measure against people involved in mob justice.  

Defence lawyer Alexander Lule argued that being a first time offender, Kityo should be given a lenient sentence because he has been remorseful for his actions since the time of his arrest.  

Presiding Judge Winfred Nabisinde said that since the court could not fully ascertain if Kityo solely committed the murder, the punishment of 13 years’ jail term was appropriate for him since he was convicted on his own plea of guilt.  

Nabisinde acknowledged that Kityo did not waste courts time and he appeared remorseful, a result of which she reduced the sentence by one year, to cover the time the suspect had spent on remand and another one year for pleading guilty.  

She condemned mob justice and advised people in the communities to always report cases of theft to the police instead of being involved in senseless killings.

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