KAMPALA. A young man convicted of cyber harassment and offensive communication against the Kabarole District Woman MP Sylvia Rwabwoogo, has today received temporally relief pending hearing of his appeal case by the High Court.
Brian Isiko, 25, was granted bail by Justice Jane Francis Abodo after presenting two substantial sureties and being a first time offender.
The sureties included; retired UPDF captain Reagan Muganza and Assistant Academic Registrar at Kyambogo University, Godfrey Waako.
“I am satisfied that the sureties presented are substantial with the capacity of telling the convict to appear in court whenever he is need,” Justice Abodo ruled, adding: “The allegations of not being a first time offender were not proved by the respondent (attorney general) and therefore his application succeeds”.
Isiko was ordered to pay a cash bond of Shs500,000 while his two sureties have been bonded Shs5million each.
The judge ordered Isiko to report to the Deputy Registrar of the High Court every third Friday of the month starting from August 17, 2018 and never to contact Ms Rwabwoogo again or he risks being arrested and remanded again.
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Isiko was last month sentenced to two years in jail by Buganda Road Magistrate’s court after confessing his too much love for Ms Rwabwogo. However, he appealed against the same in the High Court.
Through his lawyer Mr Ramathan Waiswa, Isiko applied for bail on Tuesday before High court giving nine grounds. Among them was that he is a student whose continued education will be affected by the 2 year imprisonment term because there is a likelihood that the appeal may not be disposed off as soon as possible.
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“My client suffered a great deal of injustice during the trial before the lower court when his plea of not guilty was changed to a plea of guilty without following due process,” Mr Waiswa argued.
Court also heard that Isiko poses no danger to society since the offenses for which he was convicted do not involve personal violence.
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However, the state attorney Ms Gladys Macrina Nyanzi had opposed Isiko’s bail application saying that he had not proved no exceptional circumstances of either old age or illness that would warrant his release on bail.