Kibaale Student Gets 6 Months for Stealing Goat

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Court in Kibaale district has convicted and sentenced an 18 year-old student to 6 months for stealing a goat.

Court in Kibaale district has convicted and sentenced an 18 year-old student to 6 months for stealing a goat.
 
Kakumiro grade two magistrate’s court presided over by Magistrate Alex Luwaga on Thursday afternoon found Richard Aheebwa guilty of stealing a goat.
 
The Uganda Martyrs secondary school senior one student was convicted of stealing a goat valued at 200,000 shillings.
 
The goat belonged to Happy Pulakiseda (50), a resident of Ndebwe village, Kasambya Sub County, Kibaale district.
 
Court heard that on March 24 this year, Aheebwa stole the goat from Pulakiseda's goat pen and slaughtered it. He then sold the meat in Ndebwe market.  
 
Happy filed a case at Kasambya police post prompting the arrest of Aheebwa. Police officers, during a search, found Aheebwa in possession of the goat’s skin and what remained of the meat.
 
Prosecution led by state prosecutor Serg.Olistatuba Oryema asked that Aheebwa be severely punished to deter other students from following him in the habit of stealing.
 
Prosecution argued that if not dealt with strictly, Aheebwa was likely to continue stealing.
 
Magistrate Luwaga agreed with prosecution and handed Aheebwa the sentence of either to pay a 550, 000 shillings fine or serve 6 months in jail.
 
Aheebwa was unable to raise the money and was immediately taken to Kybisenja government prison,  Bwanswa sub county where he will serve the sentence.
 
In his defence, the convict pleaded he was tempted to steal the goat because he wanted to raise money for his school fees.