By Fred Kiva
Fred Kyogonza, a man who beat up Masindi Chief Magistrate in court says he did so out of provocation as he was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Kyogonza said this in trying to remedy himself from the seven-year jail term he was sentenced to on Wednesday.
Prosecution told Masindi Grade One Magistrates Court that Kyogonza, a resident of Kisiita Cell in Masindi Municipality on December 13, 2017 punched Masindi Chief Magistrate Catherine Agwero during a court session. Agwero had just sentenced the accused to six months in prison for failing to pay Shs4.8million that he owed a businessman in Masindi town.
Raging in anger Kyogonza jumped over the dock and punched the Presiding Chief Magistrate, inflicting bruises on her neck. Prosecution further alleged that Kyogonza punched Agwero ten times. The accused has since been charged with assault and contempt of court.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail on both counts and the Presiding Masindi Grade One Magistrate Dan Mwesigwa said the accused will serve five years for assault and two years for contempt of court.
Before his sentencing, Kyogonza had pleaded for court’s lenience saying he acted out of provocation after the Chief Magistrate frustrated his efforts to defend himself in a case brought against him.
However, Magistrate Mwesigwa stood his ground and gave the accused what he said was a maximum sentence because he had not shown remorse for his actions.
The seven-year sentence slapped on the accused has been described by some people as harsh and delivered in anger.
“Judgment delivered just after a day’s hearing smells. It looks like it was predetermined much before the hearing started. Judgment delivered in anger cannot deliver justice,” said Jonathan Akwetereiho a businessman in Masindi town.