Crime

Two arrested after thugs break into Pallisa Magistrate’s office

Pallisa, (UG):- The Territorial Police in Pallisa are investigating a break-in and theft at the office of a Grade One Magistrate in the eastern Uganda district.

Preliminary reports indicate that the office supervisor of the Chief Magistrate’s Court, Mbatya Martin, 45, reported that the magistrate’s chambers had been broken into earlier that morning in the Kalaki cell area of Pallisa.

“The allegation states that early in the morning of June 17 at Kalaki cell of Pallisa District, Gabeya Fatima, a cleaner at the chief magistrate’s court observed that the chambers of the grade 1 magistrate had been broken into,” police spokesperson for North Bukedi Region, SP Samuel Semewo said.

“She immediately brought it to the attention of the office supervisor who also reported the matter at CPS Pallisa at around 10 am,” he noted, adding that “Police were promptly dispatched to the scene, including detectives, forensic officers, and a police canine unit.”

The canine unit, Semwo said, led them to the residence of Swaliki Sulaiman, a 27-year-old electronics technician, and Ojok Tonny, an 18-year-old, both residents of Rwata C cell in Pallisa Town Council.

The two individuals, police say, were apprehended and brought to the Pallisa Central Police Station to assist with the investigation after they were found with a laptop, case files and other key court documents.

“Investigators found that a laptop computer, case files, and written judgments were stolen from the magistrate’s office. The police processed the crime scene, collected relevant witness statements, and opened a case file under CRB 255/2024,” said Ag. PRO Bukedi North Region Police SP Semewo Samuel. 

“The investigation is ongoing, and the police have promised to provide updates as new information emerges,” he added.

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