The Makindye Magistrate’s Court has today heard that investigations in the case against jailed Kampala socialite Charles Olimu alias Sipapa of theft are complete.
The prosecution led by Harriet Adongo has said that all investigations in the two charges against Sipapa were complete however she could not proceed with the hearing because her witness is currently out of the country.
The trial Grade One Magistrate, Esther Adikini adjourned the case to February 16, for a hearing.
Olimu is separately facing the two charges of office breaking and theft which the prosecution alleges that the crime was committed on February 3, 2019, at Kisugu, Makindye division.
The prosecution alleges that Olimu broke into the office of Atsushi Waada and stole four Camon batteries, eleven camera lenses, five compact flashes, eight computers, five filters, four hard discs, one electronic dictionary, a backpack, an electric book, an extension tube, laptop, and cash all valued at over Shs100 million.
Court also adjourned the case in which Olimu and his wife Shamira Rukia Nakiyemba are facing ten charges of money laundering, and six charges of aggravated robbery, offences for which the maximum penalty is a death sentence to February 27 for mention.
The prosecution alleges Sipapa, a businessman who deals in gold, cars, and a promoter of musicians, and Nakiyemba a designer, and others still at large on the night of August 29, 2022, at Bunga Kawuku, Makindye division robbed one Jacob Arok Mul and Mary Ateng of USD429.000(about Shs1.6 billion), two mobile phones, an iPhone, Samsung flat screen TV 75 inches, an apple MacBook among others. It is said that they used a substance on the victims which rendered them unconscious.
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During the subsequent investigations, detectives tracked down an iCloud signal from one of the stolen iPhones that led them to the socialite’s home at Kityo close, Buwate in Kira Division.
Occupants told detectives that the home belonged to Sipapa, who was not at home and a thorough search was conducted in the presence of Nakiyimba, and exhibits of evidential material, allegedly stolen from the home of Arok were recovered.
They include; $70,000 (about Shs267 million), four iPhones, three laptops, gold jewelry, an iPhone charger, and a Mac pro charger. Also recovered were two registration number plates, UBG 025B and UBA 023U. In addition, an assortment of car accessories was recovered. They include two amplifiers, six tool boxes, four sports vims, a rear car seat, 12 headlights, indicators, a jeep bumper, V8 bumper, V8 rear boot doors, bonnet, three radiators, four inner door shutters, V8 rear boot doors, and seven grills. Two cars; a jeep and Audi, without registration plates, had been resprayed with a red color and found in the compound.
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It is further alleged that on August 29, 2022, at Kityo close Buwate Village Najjera Kiira Town Council, Olimu and Nakiyemba for purposes of concealing ownership of motor vehicles No UAB 032U Jeep Cherokee, silver grey defaced the engine and chassis number and changed its original color to red, Audi UBJ 521, land cruiser UBJ 521 and a land rover UBF 564M.
It is further alleged that the two suspects on the same day had in possession a motorcycle, car seal, rear bumper for jeep, boot door, side stepper, four car reams, ten drilling cutter equipment, two amplifiers, five-tool boxes with assorted tools among others.
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