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Ibanda: Five years in prison for Police detention escapee

Ibanda chief magistrate’s court has sentenced a man who escaped from Police twice in Ibanda to five years in prison at Nyabuhikye.

Benedicto Baryaija, a resident of Katongore in Ibanda South County, Ibanda district, had been arrested on charges of threatening violence and harassment against his wife Generous Kadesemba.

It is said that the convict however drilled a hole in the wall of his cell at Katongore Police Station and escaped. He was rearrested and transferred to Ibanda Central Police Station, but on November 20th, he escaped again after he was taken out to reportedly wash the Police vehicle.

Ali Ssemakula, the prosecutor told court presided over by his worship Aloysius Natwijuka, that Baryaija was rearrested hours later from his mother’s home in Kafunjo, Katongore, and charged with two counts of escape from lawful detention and malicious damage to property.

With evidence weighing heavily against him, Baryaija pleaded guilty to all the crimes while appearing before the Ibanda chief magistrate on November 23. He was accordingly convicted and sentenced by court.

Natwijuka handed the convict a two-year jail term on the charge of threatening violence. He will serve another two years, one for each counts of escaping from lawful detention, while he got one year in prison for malicious damage to government property.

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