American jailed for sneaking guns into Uganda

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Paul Rodgers Mathias

Court in Uganda has remanded an American national for possession of a firearm without license, possession of ammunition without a certificate and domestic violence.

Prosecution states that on March 18 2017, Paul Rodgers Mathias at Entebbe International Airport had in his possession a fire arm, a pistol Colt Number PL42191 and 128 live rounds of ammunition in both cases without a valid certificate which is contrary to section 3 (1) and (2) (a) of the fire arms Act cap 299 as amended by Act no 23 of 2006.

During a police raid on February 9 2017 at Bwebajja village, Rodgers was found with 37 live rounds of ammunition without a valid certificate contrary to the same ACT.

When he appeared before Entebbe Chief Magistrate Her Worship Mary Kaitesi, the 57 year-old American pleaded not guilty to all the three charges.

Her Worship Mary Kaitesi remanded him to Kigo Government Prisons until 26 February when he returns to court.

At the same time, Grade One Court presided over by Her Worship Mastullah Mulondo is hearing a fourth case of domestic violence against Rodgers.

State claims that on January 13, 2018, at around 4 pm at Bwebajja Kajjansi Town Council Wakiso district contrary to section 4 (II) of the domestic Act 2010, Rodgers physically assaulted his wife Lillian Kaitesi causing her bodily pain and danger.

Rodgers pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charge.

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