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.