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The magistrate was saved by the prison warders who handed the convict to Masindi Police. Courtesy Photo

Former Masindi Clinical Officer Held for Beating up Magistrate in Court

Kyogonza, a former clinical officer with Masindi District Local Government lost his cool after the Magistrate told him to either pay Ugx. 4.8 million as court costs or face a six month jail term.
posted onDecember 14, 2017
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By Fred Kiva

Drama ensued at Masindi high court on Wednesday after a convict attacked Chief Magistrate Catherine Agwero during court proceedings.

This was moments after the Chief Magistrate delivered her verdict sentencing Fred Kyogonza to six months in jail for  failing to pay 4.8million court costs.

The court costs accrued  Kyogonza after he lost  a case against James Magadua, a Masindi town businessman four years ago.

Kyogonza, a former clinical officer with Masindi District Local Government lost his cool after the Magistrate told him to either  pay Ugx. 4.8 million as court costs or face a six month jail term.

"After the magistrate read out the sentence, Kyogonza jumped over the dock aiming at the Magistrate. He injured her head and mouth in the process . We were left baffled," a court source who preferred anonymity told Kampala Post.

The magistrate was saved by the prison warders who handed the convict to Masindi Police.

Edwin Atukunda, the Masindi acting District Police Commander said Kyogonza has been detained at Masindi Central Police Station, pending charges of contempt of court and assault charges.

It's not clear if the convict will be prosecuted as he serves the current jail sentence or not.

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