ISINGIRO- Twenty two people have been handed 100 hours of community service after being convicted of different charges.
The sentenced were convicted of charges that include engaging in Domestic Violence, Breaking and theft of Church Property, threatening violence, simple robbery, malicious damage, commiting grievous bodily harm and negligence acts likely to spread a disease.
Isingiro grade one Magistrate Hillary Murangira read out the sentence on Thursday.
The most of the convicted were arrested in January and had not faced trail when the Corona Virus pandemic hit the country, that affected the works of Judiciary for more than five months and had spent more than six months in prison
The Convicted include; Enock Tumwine, Benson Byamukama, Hassan Byonabusha, Sharif Musinguzi, Siraji Mugizi, Ivan Muhwezi, Alex Muhereza, Emmanuel Tumwine, Alex Mukama, Abel Owarugaba.
Others are; Yasin Mukama, Joseph Bakunda, Fred Turyasingura, Allan Wasswa, Christopher Nyesiga, John Tiriri, Amos Muhangi, Venesia Twinamatsiko, Bashiri Turyamusiima, Emmanuel Taremwa, Innocent Arinda, Grant Muzahura, Benon Mwisukye, and Silili Twinomujuni.
Murangira, while sentencing them said that the punishment was appropriate, for the convicts who were first time offenders, remorseful, ready to reform and had spent long time in prison.
“Putting in consideration the fact that you are first-time offenders with no criminal record and have been in prison for long, you are hereby sentenced to 100 hours of community service,” Murangira ruled.
“You will be doing six hours a day, three days in a week for two months,” he ruled.
He ordered the convicts to do the community service at, around and within their respective Sub counties, and be monitored by Sub County Chiefs.
Immediately, the convicts were given letters of introduction and monitoring forms to present to the Sub County chiefs for monitoring as they serve their sentence.
Community Service Act, number 5/2000 is an alternative to imprisonment is used very strongly by the judiciary as part of the reform of the criminal justice system in Uganda.
The Act was enacted to help in decongesting prisons and the Ugandan law allows courts to exercise their discretionary powers with regard to either using prison sentences or community service.
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