The trio was found guilty on Wednesday for having used chloroformed food on a Boda Boda Motorist David Ssengoba in Bunga, Makindye Division before stealing his Bajaj Boxer valued at 4.2 million shillings.
The Convicts Appearing Before High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga in Kampala
The High Court Criminal Division has sentenced three people to 17 years each in jail for stealing a motorcycle.
They are Joweria Kaweesi 21, Rachael Orishaba, 20 and Joseph Luswata. They were
sent to Luzira Prison on Thursday by Justice Wilson Kwesiga the head of the
Court heard that on February 14th 2016, the three stole a motorcycle valued at
4.2 million shillings from David Ssengoba.
According to prosecution, Orishaba hired Ssengoba from Bwaise and
went to ASPN Pub in Bunga.
At Bunga, Orishana ordered for food, which she laced with chloroform. Shortly after eating Ssengoba became unconscious and later his motorcycle was stolen.
Court also relied on the evidence of Dr Jackson Kakembo, a Senior Medical
Officer at Mulago National Referral Hospital who established that
the victim had swallowed chloroform or a dangerous substance that rendered
Justice Kwesiga said that he decided to hand them a 17-year sentence because they
are not first-time offenders. He said that the women were last year convicted
of similar offences and handed a 12-year sentence.
Kwesiga, however, acquitted Tony Mubiru, a mechanic who was allegedly found
in possession of the stolen motorcycle.
Kwesiga noted that prosecution failed to adduce evidence that
Mubiru was driving the victim's motorcycle.
Luswata who reportedly initiated the deal reportedly paid the two women 80,000-90,000 shillings after executing the mission.