Masindi High court has reduced the sentence that was given to Fred Kyogonza who was convicted for punching the then Masindi chief Magistrate Catherine Agwero.
Kyogonza, a clinical officer and a resident of Masindi town, was early this year convicted for two counts of contempt of court and assaulting Catherine Agwero.
Prosecution claimed that Kyogonza jumped from the dock and punched the magistrate several times on the head leaving her unconscious. Prosecution told court that the magistrate was rescued by court clerks, prison warders, police officers and some of the people who were present in the court.
On the 10th of January 2018 Dan Mwesiga said Kyogonza would serve five years for assault and two years for contempt of court. He explained that the convict had failed to show remorse for attacking the chief magistrate.
However Kyongoza appealed the sentences at Masindi High court that began hearing the appeal on 16 November this year.
Masindi High court resident Judge Albert RugadyaAtwooki after hearing the appeal on Wednesday reduced the sentence for both offences from seven years to five years.
He also ruled that the convict would serve both sentences concurrently.
However Kyongonza revealed that he is still going to appeal against the reduced sentence in the court of appeal in which he will ask court to scrap the sentence and set him free.
Kyogonza in December last year attacked Agwero, the then Masindi court chief magistrate from the court room after sending him to prison for failing to pay a debt to Masindi businessman James Magadu.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website