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Man jailed for stealing judge’s computer

By Farooq Kasule

Added 12th January 2018 08:22 AM

Alex Wandwasi had asked court to grant him a non-custodial sentence on grounds that he had learnt a lesson for the one month he had spent on remand.

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KAMPALA - A 30-year-old man will serve one year in jail after he pleaded guilty to stealing a computer belonging to Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani.

Alex Wandwasi was handed the sentence by Nakawa Court Grade One Magistrate Jackline Kagoya in a full courtroom.

The magistrate also disregarded pleas by Wandwasi to caution or give him a non-custodial sentence, saying he did not deserve mercy after stealing from court.

Wandwasi had asked court to grant him a non-custodial sentence on grounds that he had learnt a lesson for the one month he had spent on remand and he was now a reformed person.

“I request court to forgive me so that I can go back and look after my family. I have learnt a lesson and I will never do it again,” Wandwasi had said.

A resident of Kiganda in Kira Municipality, Wandwasi wore a checkered shirt and jeans and appeared crestfallen before the magistrate.

According to Johnson Twebaze, a security officer at the court, Wandwasi stole the computer when the magistrate was in a meeting with other judicial officers.

“I was passing around the magistrate’s office when I found him stealing the computer. When he saw me, he took off and I communicated to officers at the gate, who arrested him,” Twebaze told court.

Annet Nakajumba, the deputy head of security at the Nakawa court, revealed that a number of valuables belonging to court staff, such as mobile phones, have been stolen before.

She said Wandwasi's sentencing will be a deterrent to other would-be offenders.

According to prosecution, Wandwasi stole the Lenovo computer on December 11 last year at about 1:00pm.

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