KAMPALA – The High court in Kampala has handed a 10-year and 7months imprisonment sentence to the man who attacked former Vision Group Journalist, Terah Kaaya in March/2017 and almost killed him plus robbing him of his valuable property.
Justice Moses Kazibwe Kawumi found 32-year-old Obita Francisco Noichodemus guilty of charges of aggravated robbery and sentenced him saying the period he is to spend in jail will enable him reform and appreciate the beauty of working while you are still young and energetic, instead of choosing the criminal way of getting rich quickly.
The evidence of Four Prosecution witnesses helped place Obita at the scene of crime, and weakened Obita’s defence alibi that he was away on a five months building contract in Kitgum on the fateful date, to which presiding judge demanded to see a copy of the contract but Obita had nothing to show nor produce the person who gave him the said contract.
The prosecution highlighted that on a fateful day, Obita a resident of Kitintale Zone 12 in Nakawa Division, attacked Kaaya on 8th March 2017 at Kitintale, armed with stone hit that he used Kaaya on the head and robbed him of his laptop, mobile phone and money amounting to Shs1.23M
In his testimony, Kaaya told Court that on the fateful date around midnight after dropping his friend in Kitintale, and as he was walking to his vehicle, he saw two men moving towards him and before he could enter his car, he heard a stone hitting his right side of the head promptly sent him to the ground where he lay unconscious.
Kaaya testified that he was rescued by a boda boda cyclist who witnessed the incident as it unfolded and he rushed him to Kampala Hospital where he spent 7days but recovered after three months from a blood clot and the one teeth he had lost.
Diriisa Wajja, the Boda Boda cyclist also identified the accused person as a person well known to him in Kitintale.
Obita who has already spent over 2years in Luzira Prison while on trial, is now going to start afresh to serve his 10year and seven-month prison sentence, the presiding judge described as the convict’s journey to rehabilitation.