Technician sentenced to reprimand for damaging BoU air conditioners

Ssebirumbi wearing a long-sleeved shirt appeared in court on Wednesday. PHOTO URN

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court has remanded technician Christopher Ssebirumbi attached to the Bank of Uganda for malicious damage to 31 air conditioners belonging to the Central Bank.

Ssebirumbi, 48, appeared on Wednesday before First Grade Magistrate Siena Owomugisha, who charged him with an offense to which he pleaded guilty.

He told the Court that he has been repairing the elevators of the Central Bank since 1997 but that on May 7, while doing the repairs, he accidentally damaged the Air Conditioners.

Ssebirumbi, who appeared calm, asked the court for forgiveness and added that he had never committed any crime before.

However, State Prosecutor Lydia Nakato asked the court to impose a deterrent sentence to mitigate the unspecified loss caused by Bank of Uganda in repairing the damaged air conditioners.

In her ruling, Justice Owomugisha noted that Sebirumbi did not have any criminal motive and that the damage to the CAs was accidental as she has no such record during the 27 years she worked with the Central Bank.

Consequently, he sentenced Ssebirumbi to a reprimand and he shed tears.

Ssebirumbi survived a seven-year prison sentence by sparing the courts time to plead guilty.



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