Suspect arrested breaking in shop just after he was acquitted charges of aggravated robbery

A suspect acquitted of charges of aggravated robbery by

Rukungiri High Court on January 11 has been arrested

breaking into a shop where he allegedly stole merchandize.

Mr Naboth Tumuhimbise, 26, a resident of Omukakabada cell, Northern

Ward A Western Division Rukungiri Municipality was acquitted after the

key witness who was a victim of the robbery failed to show up in the

court to testify.

Mr Tumuhimbise had committed the offence in May 2010 after which he

was arrested and remanded. While acquitting him Justice Micheal Elubu

said that lack of substantial witness to pin the suspect has led to no


The OC CIID Rukungiri Mr Micheal Ogwal said has he was arrested on Sunday breaking

into a shop on Kinyasano road in Rukungiri town just five days after he was released from prison where he had spent over four years on remand over charges of aggravated robbery. “We registered three

cases of breaking into shops in a period of three days; we set a trap

to arrest the perpetrators. We arrested three people breaking into

shops and upon checking we found them with stolen property in their

house,” he said.

He identified the other two as Isaac Nuwabaine a resident of Kakeeka

cell Western Division and Onesmus Muhwezi a resident of Matuga cell

Rutenga parish Rutenga Sub county. They were found with property worth

Shs5 million most of which was shop stock including cartoons of soda,

bread and bags of rice and posho.

“This guy (Tumuhimbise) has just been acquitted of charges of

aggravated robbery by the high court and we have arrested him again,”

said Mr Ogwal.

He added that he changed his names from Naboth Tumuhimbise to Isaiah

Muyambi to disguise as a new person. Mr Ogwal blamed his acquittal on

delay of High court sessions that lead to disappearance of witnesses

who would help to have the criminal kept away from the community. “The

victim in the case would have been the been key witness but was never

traced so the judge acquitted him,” he said.

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