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Man jailed for stealing bananas worth UGX 60,000

Ibanda Grade One magistrate’s court had sentenced Godfrey Byarugaba to four months in prison for stealing bananas from his neighbour’s banana plantation valued at UGX 60,000.

Byarugaba, from Kyarukumba II, Igorora town council in Ibanda South County, was sentenced after he confessed to stealing a bunch of bananas from Godfrey Nuwajuna’s plantation after the victim had lost four bunches of bananas on the night of October 28.

Court presided over by her worship Esther Murungi heard from the convict that his family had not had food for days. His jail term was less by one year that the complainant Nuwajuna had prayed for.

The prosecution led by Tian Emmanuel had prayed for an appropriate sentence, saying the convict was a first time offender and that he had not wasted the court’s time.

Nuwajuna had told the court the banana thieves had left him counting losses as they were stealing almost all the mature bananas.

He was however happy that the convict was punished for the crime.

Byarugaba was however warned that if he steals again after release from prison, the offence will earn him the maximum sentence (10 years).

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