Another suspect escapes from Masaka court


MASAKA. Another man on Thursday escaped from Masaka District chief magistrate’s court.
Mr David Lukwago, 24, of Nkalwe Village, Butenga Sub-county in Bukomansimbi District, had appeared before Chief magistrate Deogratius Ssejjemba on charges of defilement.

It all started as the State prosecutor argued and pleaded for the maximum sentence to be given to Mr Lukwago for the offence.

Perhaps scared, Mr Lukwago was seen removing his shoes and there after, slowly walked towards the door and fled.
Magistrate Ssejjemba said he was alone in court with his clerk, and the State prosecutor and no one could help them to chase after and arrest Mr Lukwago.

“The man was given bail after spending six months on remand and yesterday court was set to give him a sentence since he was reappearing. He brought himself and no one suspected he would run away. All the staff, including police and prison officers, had already left the court premises,” Mr Ssejjemba said.

He said the sentence to be given to the suspect was lenient since the mother of the victim had planned to forgive him.
Ms Mauricia Nabukalu, the mother of the victim, said she wanted the convict to pay only for damages and be set free.
“Now that he has escaped, he will be arrested and charged and there is no way I can forgive him again,” Ms Nabukalu said.
She said the surety who had stood for Mr Lukwago had passed on.

“The suspect has been moving with his uncle and it’s unfortunate that I have just found out he was not among the sureties,” Ms Nabukalu said.

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