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According to the particulars of the case read for the suspects by the Luweero Grade One Magistrate Doreen Ajuna, they are accused together with others still at large of robbing Joel Baganda, Hassan Buwembo, Swaibu Lubwama and Omony Omala on June 23rd, 2019 using machetes contrary to Section 285 and 286 (2) of Penal code act .
The three gangsters (on handcuffs) being escorted to Luweero Magistrate Court On Monday afternoon
Three suspected gangsters have appeared before the Luweero Grade One Magistrate’s Court for aggravated robbery. They are Edward Katongole, a resident of Nakasero zone in Katikamu sub county, Paul Kigundu, a resident of Kayanja zone in Lubaga division Kampala and Ivan Nsubuga from Luweero town.

According to the particulars of the case read for the suspects by the Luweero Grade One Magistrate Doreen Ajuna, they are accused together with others still at large of robbing Joel Baganda, Hassan Buwembo, Swaibu Lubwama and Omony Omala on June 23rd, 2019 using machetes contrary to Section 285 and 286 (2) of Penal code act .

They allegedly robbed their victims of cash and mobile phones and were picked up on June 24th with stones and machetes while retreating to their hideouts. The Magistrate, Doreen Ajuna didn’t allow the suspect to plead to the charges, saying her court lacks jurisdiction over the case and remanded them to Butuntumula prison until July 22nd when they will return for mention of their case.    

The suspects have repeatedly denied the accusations leveled against them. Police is under the spotlight for holding the suspects in custody for 14 days without charge. Article 23 (4) of the Constitution of Uganda requires police to produce suspects before court not later than 48 hours from the time of arrest. 

 

But the Luweero District Police Commander, Rebecca Ayeta, says they delayed to present the suspects to court because they were still gathering more evidence and State Attorney took long to sanction their files. 

Phoebe Namulindwa, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner, justified the long detention of the suspects, saying they needed time to gather evidence that implicates them because their arrest was a sigh of relief for residents.     

Luweero police has witnessed a spate of robbery attacks on residents in the past few months. The most affected areas included Kasoma, Binyonyi, Mabale Kiyenje and Galuwero zones in Luweero town council. 

The robberies led to the death of Willy Lutabi, a resident of Kasoma zone while Jane Nazziwa, Swaibu Lubwama, Mariam Nakalyango, Hassan Buwembo Ssenfuka, Elisha Somoka and Yusuf Kijjambu escaped with injuries and are still nursing wounds.

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