Man Sentenced to One Year for Unauthorised Wearing of Army Uniform

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The chairman of the General Court Martial Brigadier Fred Tolit has sentenced a young man to one year in jail after pleading guilty for being found dressed in army uniform.

The chairman of the General Court Martial Brigadier Fred Tolit has sentenced a young man to one year in jail after pleading guilty for being found dressed in army uniform.

Brigadier Tolit sentenced Godfrey Buyinza to spend one year in prison after pleading guilty to the charge.

Earlier Buyinza had pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and was sentenced to four years in prison in 2008 but denied the second charge of unauthorised wearing of army uniforms.

Buyinza was arrested between May and July 2007 at Kachanga landing site in Sese Islands in Kalangala district after a wave of crime hit the area.

When his case came up before the court martial on Thursday, Buyinza pleaded guilty and argued that he was dressed in an army uniform to scare the fish he was catching.

The sentence commences immediately.  Brigadier Tolit advised Buyinza to appeal the sentence within 14 days if he feels it’s harsh.

Buyinza first appeared before the court martial on December 16, 2008, was charged together with Patrick Anguzu, Juma Okumu for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both Patrick Anguzu and Juma Okumu pleaded guilty to all counts were convicted and accordingly sentenced to four years.

Earlier on Brigadier Tolit refused a plea of guilt from another suspect Ivan Kawooya. Kawooya had at first pleaded innocent of the charge of illegal possession of a firearm. The former special hire driver claimed two occupants had left a gun in his car which he reported to police leading to his arrest. 

Though Kawooya sounded convincing, the chairman said he was lying and therefore denying the charge.

Quoting the bible Brigadier Tolit said the truth would set him free, he asked him to tell the truth if he needed to stand full trial before adjourning the case to March 12 next year for the trial to commence.

 

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