On Thursday last week, inmates and legal teams in Masaka court were treated to a free drama after a man escaped from court.
The man identified as Lukwago David from Nkalwe village in Busomansimbi district was charged of defilement before Chief Magistrate Deogratius Ssejjemba.
On hearing the State prosecutor pleading to court to grant him maximum sentence, Lukwago removed his shoes and fled from the court room leaving everyone in shock.
According to Magistrate, the suspect who granted bail some time back after spending six months on remand had returned voluntarily to court to be handed his sentence.
Magistrate said since he brought himself, it was least expected that he would run away. The Magistrate added that the Court is under staffed so no one could help them apprehend him. He was left to run freely and his where about is still unknown.
Ssejjemba added that once the suspect is apprehended in future, he will be handed his sentence and also punished for running away from court.
The magistrate revealed that he was planning to give Lukwago a lenient sentence following the plea of the victim’s mother who had asked the court to forgive him but since he has misbehaved he will be given appropriate punishment.
He requested the police and prisons authority to increase on the number of their staff at the court premises in order to avoid reoccurrence of such incidents in future.
This is the second time if less than one year for suspects to run away from court in Masaka. Early this year, two suspects arrested on allegation of terrorizing community in Masaka region using machetes fled from court in dramatic fashion.