Socialite Sipapa, Wife Sent to High Court For Aggravated Robbery

Kampala socialite Charles Olimi, commonly known as Sipapa, alongside wife Shamira Rukia Nakiyemba, were on Monday sent to the High Court to stand trial on charges of aggravated robbery and money laundering.

This was after the prosecution in their summary of evidence presented to court said that they have gathered sufficient evidence to prove that Sipapa – a businessman dealing in gold, cars, and promoter of musicians, and Nakiyemba, a designer, and others still at large on the night of August 29, 2022, at Bunga, Kawuku in Makindye Division engaged in robbing of six South Sudan nationals of different items and cash.

According to prosecution, One of the victims, Jacob Arok Mul was robbed of $429,000 (Shs 1.6 billion), two mobile phones, an iPhone silver blue in colour valued at $3,200 (Shs 12 million), a Samsung phone, a flat-screen TV 75 inches valued at $4,000 (Shs 15 million).

It is also alleged that on the same night, they robbed Mary Ateng of an iPhone 12 Pro Max gold in colour valued at Shs 5 million, a golden belt, and a golden chain – both total valued at $10,000 (Shs 38 million) and two gold rings valued at $500 (Shs 1.9 million). 

The prosecution further alleges that the couple and others still at large, robbed Chol Ateng of an iPhone 11 Pro dark green in colour valued at Shs 800,000, a Dell laptop, a charger valued at $1,000 (Shs 3.8 million), and Shs 500,000 cash. The suspects further went ahead and robbed Deng Arok of an Apple Macbook Air laptop valued at Shs 5 million and an iPhone valued at Shs 5 million.

At the home of another victim, Abig Yar, Sipapa and his wife, allegedly stole a laptop and an iPhone all valued at Shs 5 million. They also robbed James Manyok of Shs 400,000.

 According to the charges, Sipapa and his wife reportedly used a substance during the robberies that made all their victims unconscious which made it easier for them to execute their crimes successfully.

During subsequent investigations, police detectives were also able to track down an iCloud signal from one of the alleged stolen iPhones that led them to the socialite’s home in Buwate, Kira Municipality, Wakiso District.

After the ruling, the Presiding Makindye Grade One Magistrate, Esther Adikini further remanded Sipapa and Nakiyemba till March 17, 2023.

The couple have so far spent over five months on remand at Luzira prison.

Under the penal code Act, the offence of aggravated robbery attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on conviction.

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