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Moroto father pleads with magistrate to convict his son

By Olandason Wanyama

Added 12th January 2017 11:27 AM

“This son of mine has left the family financially bad. He has been stealing people’s animals making me pay hefty compensations,” he said.

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“This son of mine has left the family financially bad. He has been stealing people’s animals making me pay hefty compensations,” he said.

Drama ensued at Moroto Chief Magistrate Court on Thursday morning as a father of a 25-year-old man from Mogoth in Rupa Sub County, Moroto district made an emotional plea to have his son convicted.


Achoko Lopeinak, believed to be in his late 60s and in traditional attire, stood up from his seat and shouted on top of his voice in court, asking His Worship Charles Yeteise  to have his son jailed with minimal delay. He added that he was fed up of his son’s behaviour back home.


“This son of mine has left the family financially bad. He has been stealing people’s animals making me pay hefty compensations,” he said.


Lopeinak alleged before court that his son was a serial offender who made the family incur losses, causing endless laughter and murmurs in court.


Mariko Lokiru, 25 suspected to have stolen Joseph Lokeris’ animals had just been called to the dock to take plea before his father took the court floor.


Lokeris is also a resident of Mogoth village, Rupa Sub County in Moroto district.

Lopeinak said it was better the government takes his son in prison for decades other than making the family poorer each day.

However, Yeteise in his response asked the parent to ensure that the complainants in Lokiru’s case comes to testify against the accused in court to enable court pass its verdict.

He also advised the parent to desist from paying fines for the crimes committed by his son, since Lokiru is an adult and is responsible for his own actions.

He was later remanded to Moroto Central government prison.

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