Man who beat magistrate handed 7 years in prison

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Fred Kyogonza who punched Masindi Chief Magistrate Catherine Agwero has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Kyogonza appeared before Masindi Grade One Magistrate, Dan Mwesiga on Wednesday and was found guilty of assault and contempt of court.

Prosecution alleges that on December 13, 2017, while at Masindi court, Kyogonza punched the Masindi Chief Magistrate, Catherine Agwero after she committed him to civil prison for six months when he failed to clear a debt of Shs4.8m.

Kyogonza jumped from the dock and punched the magistrate several times on the head leaving her unconscious.

Prosecution told court that the magistrate was rescued by court clerks, prison warders, police officers and some of the people who were present in the court.

A medical report from Kitara Medical Centre confirmed the magistrate was found to be weak with severe headache and back ache.

In his judgment, Mwesiga said Kyogonza would serve five years for assault and two years for contempt of court.