Theft lands Nwoya teacher into prison

A nursery school teacher in Nwoya District has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing property belonging to a security guard in Anaka town council.

Prosecution told court that on April 6, 2021, Doris Laker, 21, resident of Mission Ward in Anaka town council, Nwoya district and a teacher at St Catherine allegedly stole Shs300,000, an itel cell phone and a pair of shoes approximately worth Shs120,000 belonging to Immaculate Atim 27, a security guard attached to SGA a private security company.

Court heard that the complainant had gone to bathe when Laker committed the offence.

According to Atim, Laker first went to her place earlier that day and asked for water to wash her legs and later went away. However, she returned few minutes later when Atim had gone to bathe and took off with her items.

Appearing before the Nwoya Grade One Magistrate, Susan Anyeko, yesterday (Wednesday), April 7, 2021, Laker pleaded guilty to the offence saying she was forced into the act because she wanted money to take her ill child for treatment.

“I had no any alternative way of getting money since the school is closed and sincerely I was tempted to commit the offence to take my sick child to the clinic,” she told court.

Upon her plea of guilt, the magistrate sentenced her to six months in Nwoya government prison.

The offence is contrary to Section 251(1) and 261 of the Penal Code Act.

Meanwhile, the same court also sentenced to 18 months in jail Patrick Onencan, 24, after he pleaded guilty to malicious damage contrary to section 335(1) of the Penal Code Act.

Court heard that on January 29, 2021, Onencan, a resident of Te-Okono village in Koch Goma sub-county, Nwoya district willfully and unlawfully destroyed the door of his father Michael Anywar accusing him of refusing to give him money to repair a motorcycle that he had borrowed but got damaged.  

Appearing before the Nwoya grade one magistrate Susan Anyeko yesterday (Wednesday) April 7, 2021, the convict pleaded guilty to the charge.

The magistrate also read another charge of threatening violence against Onencan. However, he denied it, forcing court to fix it for hearing on May 2, 2021.

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