Gulu Chief Magistrate court today sentenced the local council one chairperson of Holy Rosary sub ward in Laroo division, Gulu Municipality, Joyce Oryem and her vice Michael Okuna to two years imprisonment and a fine of five million shillings each over malicious damage to property.
According to prosecution, Oryem and Okuna on May 30, 2019 led a mob that demolished two grass thatched huts belonging to Florence Adong, a resident of Holy Rosary Sub ward in Queens’s parish, Laroo division, Gulu municipality.
Prior to the incident, the residents and the convicts accused Adong of practicing witchcraft before evicting her and demolishing her two huts.
However, the defense team led by Counsel Tony Kitara of Barenzi and company advocates says they are going to appeal against the ruling.
The ruling comes exactly one month following the jailing of the LCI chairman of Kanyagoga B Sub –Ward in Gulu Municipality over similar offense.
Raymond Watum was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for leading an attack that led to the destruction of a Church.
Watum was convicted for leading an attack on Jesus is the Living Stone Church in Gulu, which is pastored by one Okumu Batiringeya on January 27, 2019.
They burnt the church on suspicion that it was a cult for which the area was embroiled in curses.
Two of his accomplices; Margret Alanyo and Francis Opiyo were imprisoned for one year and seven months for the same offence.
They were also directed to construct a new Church and a compensation of 10 million Shillings to Okumu for the loss he incurred.