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.