Four inmates at Gbuktu government prison in Koboko District have been sentenced to another two years for attempting to escape from the facility.
The two were part of 12 who overpowered a prison warder during a routine cleaning exercise at the facility on Wednesday and scaled the wall before jumping into the bush.
They then fled towards DR Congo border but an operation mounted by the residents and police led to the arrest of the four while others escaped.
Koboko Grade One Magistrate Peter Gukiina, while sentencing the inmates said:
“All the accused persons are convicted on plea of guilty. I will consider the fact that none of you is remorseful over your actions, the fact that you jumped over the fence and took off and basing on the fact that you were hard core criminals who tried to take a risk that never only endangered your lives but also the community. You shall save two years in imprisonment to deter such actions from happening”
Frank Baine, Uganda Prisons spokesperson, said they would continue hunting for the eight who escaped to Congo so that they are rearrested and prosecuted.
“These are people who shouldn’t have been there but we can’t keep them in Arua government prison due to the covid-19. Koboko is one of the isolation centres and they have taken advantage of being close to the border.”
In September last year, 224 inmates escaped from Moroto Prison after overpowering warders and accessing the armoury, where they made off with 15 guns and 480 bullets.