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Police Officer Arrested in Entebbe Road Robbery Granted Bail

Amutuhire, the Commandant of Operations at Kajjansi Police Station was arrested last month with Richard Musinguzi, another Police officer attached to Kajjansi Police Station after an attempt to rob Tom Kisubika, a fish trader as he travelled to Kasenyi Landing site with 45 million shillings.
ASP Bright Amutuhire and Richard Musinguzi while appearing before Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon

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Bright Amutuhaire, the officer arrested for alleged armed robbery along Entebbe road has been granted bail by Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s court.

Amutuhaire, the Commandant of Operations at Kajjansi Police Station was arrested last month with Richard Musinguzi, another Police officer attached to Kajjansi Police Station after an attempt to rob 45 million Shillings from Tom Kisubika, a fish trader.

Amutuhaire and the co-accused were charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony and remanded to Kigo prison.  

On Monday, Mary Babirye, the chief magistrate further remanded the accused until 23, of this month after prosecution pleaded with the court to extend the hearing of the case to complete investigations and inquiries.   However, Babirye after thirty minutes of adjournment recalled the accused and complainant to court for bail application and hearing.

The defendants, through their lawyers Emmanuel Tandeka and Eron Kizza asked the court to grant bail to Amutuhire on grounds that he is a senior officer and a sole breadwinner of his family who has no past criminal record.  

Amutuhaire presented four sureties who included; Paul Nuwagaba, Hope Kiconco, Geoffrey Muhiirwe and his supervisor Bernard Patrick Muhumuza, all residents of Entebbe municipality. 

Kisubika, however, objected to the application on grounds that Amutuhaire, being a senior officer of the Police force would easily jeopardize the on-going investigations.  

State Prosecutor Joan Keko also requested that court denies bail to the suspect since inquiries into the case are still on-going. 

Babirye after hearing the submissions granted a 2 million Shillings cash bail to Amutuhaire and a non-cash bail of 5 million Shillings to each surety. 

Babirye indicated that well as the court is mindful of the officer's jurisdiction, bail is a constitutional right. She ordered that the accused and the National Identification Cards and Passports of the sureties be retained by the court until the case is concluded. 

Kisubika says the granting of bail to Amutuhaire would further endanger his life since he claims he has been receiving threats from different security personnel.  

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Court has set August 23rd for hearing of the case.

 

 



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