MAN GIVEN 2 YEARS IN JAIL FOR BITING OFF CUSTOMER’S EAR
By Innocent Atuganyira
What started as comical has turned-out as miserable for Patrick Katugume, a 28-years-old gentleman who bit-off his colleague’s ear over a debt of Shs.200, after Masindi Grade one Magistrates court sentenced him to 2 years in Prison.
On-top-of the sentence, Justice Selsa Biwaga also ordered the convict to pay a fine of 3Million shillings to the victim.
On 24th July 2022, Katugume who was a money collector at a movie-hall in Kibaali-trading center in Miirya Sub-County Masindi district bit-off David Muhumuza’s ear after the two developed a heated argument when Katugume was demanding David Shs.200/= for watching a movie.
Eye witness said Katugume immediately went into hiding leaving the 17-years-old David in severe bleeding before people around rushed him to a Health Centre for treatment.
After one week of tracking, angry residents finally arrested Tugume and handed him over to Masindi-police where he was charged with Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm before court remanded him to Masindi-prison.
While in court today, Katugume pleaded guilty of the offense and requested court to give him bail urging that he had a family to look after and his children didn’t return to school since he was arrested.
However, Justice Biwaga Selsa informed Katugume that having pleaded guilty; he was no longer eligible for a bail but an 8 years sentence.
On the other hand, David the plaintiff had asked Katugume to pay him Shs.3M in order to forgive him but in her ruling, the Judge sentenced him saying that it should serve as a lesson to the rest of the public.
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