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Ibanda: Prison escapee gets another 12 months in jail

Ibanda Grade One magistrate’s court has sentenced David Kamukama, who escaped from Nyabuhikye in Ibanda district, to 12 months in prison at Kiburara Prison Farm.

This is addition to the 40 months he has been serving at Nyabuhikye.

Court heard that the convict escaped from him minders at Nyabuhikye in November last year and disappeared only to resurface at Kiruhura prison on November 25.

According to Deus Kyomya, the state prosecutor, the prison authorities in Kiruhura arrested and returned him to Nyabuhikye the following day, from where he was charged with escaping from lawful custody.

Kamukama pleaded guilty to the offence of escaping from lawful custody contrary to section 109 of the Penal Code Act and was sentenced by court, accordingly.

While reading the sentence, her worship Esther Murungi, considered Kamukama’s prayer asking not to be returned to Nyabuhikye Prison by jailing him at Kiburara Prison Farm.

The prosecution had asked for a harsh sentence, arguing that escaping while serving a jail term meant that Kamukama had not yet reformed.

At the time of his escape, the convict was serving a 40-month jail term at Nyabuhikye Prison.

 He had been sentenced to 20 months in jail by Ibanda chief magistrate’s court on a theft charge on May 14, 2022 and another 20 months for housebreaking.

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