Private guard sentenced two years for robbing with military hardware

Dokolo Grade One Magistrate Court on Thursday sentenced to two years imprisonment Okello Willy a resident of Kaberamaido district.

The convict was working as a private security guard at New Lodge in Namusale Town Council. He pleaded guilty before the Magistrates’ Court that he had been using army paraphernalia.

On Tuesday this week, Police from Dokolo Central Police Station  arrested Willy Okello, 24, and Patrick Odongo, 28, a resident of Inomo sub-country in Kwania district on allegations of robbing fish sellers along Dokolo-Amolatar road and other small markets around


The duet was charged with four counts of impersonations, having army hardware, theft and robbery with complainers, Moses Odyang demanding from shillings 400,000 and Samuel Okabo shillings 470,000 respectively.

During the cross examination in Court on Thursday, Okello pleaded guilty of having army materials but denied other charges, saying he has been working in connivance with UPDF officer in Amolatar district to fight illegal fishing.

 He confesses that he is suffering because when police arrested him, he asked them to allow him call those army officers but the arresting officers denied him.

Mr Okello asked Court for lighter punishment saying he was an orphan.

State Attorney, Joel Moses Madaya then told Court to give the appropriate punishment for “the agreed case.”

 Drajole Alioni Emmanuel, the Grade One Magistrate then announced his ruling, sentencing Okello to only two years imprisonment or paying shillings 1.5million.

Other charges he denied are set for hearing on 24/September, 2019 at the same Court.

Meanwhile, Patrick Odongo refused the accusations [charges] and will reappear on the same date for further hearing.

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