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Man sentenced for burning mother’s clothes, shoes over land

Ibanda Grade One magistrate’s court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to community service orders for burning his mother’s clothes, shoes and mat.

Alex Mucunguzi, a resident of Kanyansheko in Kagongo Division, Ibanda Municipality, will serve five days of community service.

State prosecutor, Tian Emmanuel told court that in February, Mucunguzi burnt his mother’s clothes, shoes and a mat, valued at UGX 600,000. The convict’s mother was in the garden at the time of the crime. However, she reported him to Police and he was arrested and charged accordingly.

While appearing before the court on Tuesday, Mucunguzi pleaded guilty to the offence saying he got angry after learning that the family banana plantation had been sold off on his return home from his workplace in Masaka.

Court presided over by Esther Murungi ordered Mucunguzi, to pay his mother, Annet Tumuhairwe, UGX 800,000 within 30 days of completing the community service as compensation for the property lost and expenses.

Court also handed the convict who has been on remand at Nyabuhikye Prison for over three months, a two-year suspended sentence in case he defaults on the sentence and compensation order.  

The magistrate explained that the convict got a lenient sentence because he publicly apologized to his mother before court and promised to compensate her.

Tumuhairwe, the convict’s mother told court that she forgave her son, but wants Mucunguzi to leave her home and live elsewhere, arguing that he is old enough to fend for himself.  

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