27 December 2012

Uganda: Tororo Man Gets Six Years for Roughing Up Judge

Tororo — Court in Tororo has handed a six-year jail sentence to a man accused of manhandling a magistrate and Police officer.

Joseph Oburu, 46, the defence secretary of Kadanya zone in Mella sub-county, was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment for threatening violence and another 36 months for assault at Lugero Prison in Gulu district.

On December 5, Oburu while at the Tororo Magistrates' Court roughed up the Grade One Magistrate of Malaba Court, Simon Ocen and boxed the Police officer who attempted to rescue Ocen.

This was after Ocen's ruling which acquitted four suspects accused of threatening to kill Oburu.

Grade One Magistrate Joan Ketty Acaa, after passing the judgment advised Oburu to appeal within 14 days if he is not satisfied.

The state prosecutor had earlier asked the court have Oburu serve his sentence in Lugero instead of Morukatipe Prison.Oburu asked for a lighter sentence, saying he was the breadwinner for his family.

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