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Ibanda: Brick-maker convicted for growing marijuana

The Ibanda grade one magistrate’s court has convicted and remanded a brick-maker to Nyabuhikye Prison, on charges of growing marijuana.

Prosecution told court on August 23rd that on 28th May this year, Molly Bigirwa the mother to the accused reported to Police that Deus Byamugisha, a resident of Rwengiri Lower cell in Kagongo Division, Ibanda Municipality was growing the prohibited narcotic plant.

Deus Kyomya, the state prosecutor stated that Byamugisha would consume the drug and harass the mother and others at home.

The accused accepted the charge, but claimed it was his wife who planted the marijuana as a herbal remedy for coronavirus (Covid-19). He prayed to court to forgive him, saying his wife abandoned their marital home fearing arrest, leaving the kids alone at home.

While convicting Byamugisha, her worship Esther Murungi said the accused was convicted on his own plea of guilt. She added that since he never reported the person who planted the marijuana to the authorities, he was personally liable.

Prosecution said the convict was a first offender and prayed for an appropriate sentence.

The crime contravened section 47 (i and ii) of the narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances Act.

The crime carries a maximum jail term of 20 years upon conviction.

The suspect has been remanded until September 7th, when he will reappear in court for judgment and sentencing.

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