Court acquits UPDF soldier of robbery claim

Lira High Court on Wednesday acquitted a UPDF soldier of robbery charges after prosecution stated that matter was settled outside Court.

Oruru Patrick, attached to the 5th Division, Acolpii in Pader district was facing robbery charge following the recovery of a stolen motorcycle in his home.

Prosecution told Court that the recovered motorcycle was stolen from one Ebong Ronald. Ebong says he was waylaid near Ireda primary school in Lira town on his way to Boroboro.

Soon, the motorcycle was seen being ridden in Lira town by one Moses who told Court it belonged to Oruru. Oruru was then arrested for theft.

In his plea, however, Oruru told Court that he had seen someone suspiciously riding a new motorcycle on his way from Apac and he apprehended him.

He also told Court that he later took the motorcycle to the garage belonging to one Moses.

However, according to Ms Gloria Akello, the State Attorney, the motorcycle was recovered and handed back to the owner who was also compensated.

“The case was silently settled outside Court, compensation was paid and now the complainant does not want to say anything in Court. I have summoned him to my chambers but he has failed to turn up,” State told Court presided over by Justice Alex McKay Ajiji.

The accused Lawyer from Twontoo & Company Advocates prayed that the Court should no longer continue with the case where the complainant is not interested.

Basing on the submissions from State and the accused Lawyer with evidence, Justice Alex McKay Ajiji then acquitted the accused.

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