Four Inmates have been sentenced to two years in jail for escaping from lawful custody. The duo appeared before Koboko District Grade One Magistrate Court on Thursday following the escape of 18 inmates from Gbukutu Government Prison in Koboko District on Wednesday.
However, four of the escapees were recaptured as eight others fled to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Those rearrested included Gilbert Enitu 20 years, Edema Patrick 25 years Fudribo Godwin 19 years and Ceaser MakBul.
Prosecution told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Peter Guchina that the four inmates overpowered the prison wader John Bosco Ocelep who was supervising them during a general cleanliness exercise at the prison boma grounds and fled towards the border of Uganda and Congo.
Paul Ogwang the Resident State Attorney pleaded for a deterrent sentence arguing that in the process of pursuing the escapees, bullets were discharged which would be fatal to themselves and the civilian population as well.
However, in his ruling, Guchina jailed the four for two years arguing that the inmates were not apologetic for the offence they committed.
Prisons Spokesperson Frank Baine said that security personnel are still hunting for the other eight inmates.
In September 2020, 224 inmates escaped from Moroto Prison and fled with 15 guns.