Dickson Mwebaze will have to spend 20 years in Prison after being convicted of stealing Shs7,000.
Court heard that on July 13, 2016, Mwebaze and his colleagues, still at large, waylaid one Godfrey Kwizera and assaulted him. They stripped him naked and dumped him in a pool of water, where he was found the next day, struggling for his life. In the process, they also took from him a sum of Shs7,000.
The 30 year old who pleaded guilty of all charges is a resident of Nakalele village in Sembabule District.
According to Daily Monitor, the prosecution asked court to give Mwebaze a deterrent sentence as a message to all persons involved in acts of robbery in which several lives have been lost. But defence lawyer, Alexander Lule told the court that the convict is remorseful for his actions.
The presiding judge Winfred Nabisinde noted the judiciary has a duty to protect the public from people like Mwebaze, who are involved in aggravated robbery which she said warrants a long custodial sentence.
She said that 20 years’ jail term would be appropriate for the offence, not because of the value of the money stolen but because of the actions of the convict of attempting to kill the victim.