Capital Offence Charges: Three 18-Year-Olds Accused of Aggravated Robbery Against Chinese National

KAMPALA, (UG)-Three teenagers were yesterday remanded to Luzira Maximum Prison on allegations of robbing a Chinese businessman of over Shs700 million in Kampala.

Jonathan Semanda, Joram Mwebesa alias Epu, and Ashraf Nsiko — a boda boda rider, appeared before the Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Siena Owomugisha, who formally slapped against them charges of aggravated robbery contrary to sections 285 and 286(2) of the Penal Code Act.

However, the suspects, all aged 18, were not allowed to take plea as the charges against them are capital offences that can only be tried in the High Court, and after the prosecution led by State Attorney, Martin Nambafu, indicated to the court that inquiries into the matter are still ongoing.

According to the charge sheet, the trio and others still at large on November 15, 2023 along Sezibwa Road near Fang Fang Hotel in Kampala robbed Chinese businessman He Wei of his black bag containing $190,000 (approximately Shs700 million) and injured the victim using a machete. Wei told Police earlier that he was travelling on a boda-boda when five other boda-boda riders intercepted and overpowered him, making off with his bag.

Owomugisha remanded the suspects until December 18 when they will return to court for further mention of the case, an offence that elicits a maximum sentence of death, upon conviction.