State Yet to Conclude Investigations into Sipapa’s UGX 1.6 Billion Robbery Case

The state is yet to complete investigations into the case in which City businessman Charles Olim also known as Sipapa and his wife Shamirah Nakiyemba are accused of aggravated robbery are still ongoing. 

This was revealed on Thursday, by State Attorney Hope Rukundo. The couple is accused of robbing more than 1.6 billion shillings from a South Sudanese national.

The suspects’ lawyers led by Geoffrey Turyamusima objected saying that the last time they were in Court, the prosecution was ordered to expedite investigations into the case.

Rukundo in response said that the law provides that investigations are completed within six months and as such, she is still within her timeline.  

Chief Magistrate Esther Adikin agreed with the prosecution that they are still within their timelines. However, she advised them to liaise with the Investigating officer to expedite the process. She remanded the suspects until December 12th, 2022. 

Turyamusiima says this is unfortunate and believes the charges against Sipapa and Nakiyemba are trumped up.

The Prosecution alleges that Sipapa and Nakiyemba and others still at large during the night of August 29th, 2022 at Bunga Kawuku Makindye Division in Kampala District robbed six South Sudan nationals of different items and cash.

One of the victims Jacob Arok Mul was robbed of 429,000 United States Dollars, (1.6 billion shillings), two mobile phones, an iPhone silver blue in color valued at 3,200 United States Dollars, a Samsung, and a Flat Screen TV 75 inches valued at 4,000 United States Dollars.

It is alleged that on the same night, they robbed Mary Ateng of an iPhone 12 Pro Max Gold in Color valued at 5 million shillings, a Golden belt, and a Golden Chain both total valued at 10,000 United States Dollars (38 million shillings), and two gold rings valued at 500 United States Dollars.

The prosecution further alleges that the couple and others still at large robbed Chol Ateng of an iPhone 11 Pro Dark Green in color valued at 800,000 shillings, a Dell laptop, a charger valued at 1,000 USD, and 500,000 cash. The suspects further went ahead and robbed Deng Arok of an Apple Macbook Air Laptop valued at 5 million shillings and an iPhone valued at 5 million shillings. 

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

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

A recent report by the Uganda Police Force based on DNA evidence has since linked him to 12 other cases of robbery.

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