Joseph Omoo alias Ajep was on Wednesday produced in court and charged with escape from lawful custody.
Ajep who was appearing before Lira Grade One magistrate Hilary Kiwanuka appeared in a respirator face mask since prison records show he has multiple drug resistance tuberculosis which according to health experts, is a contagious strain that spreads faster when a patient coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings because its bacteria can float in the air for several hours, depending on the environment.
Ajep, who is accused masterminding several robberies of boda boda motorcycles and the killing of the cyclists, was re-arrested on Sunday together with two of his accomplices from Namatala in Mbale town, a week after he escaped from Lira Regional referral hospital from the TB ward.
Appearing before court on Wednesday, Ajep pleaded guilty to the charge of escape from lawful custody. He however pleaded with the judge to give him a lighter sentence saying he has children to take care of. Ajep said his escape was conditional because of the state he was in under incarceration.
Meanwhile Omara Paul from the prosecution team asked court to give Ajep the heaviest sentence the charge carries to discourage other inmates from escaping from custody. Though Ajep claimed that he has repented, Omara Paul said Ajep may try to escape again.
Judge Hilary Kiwanuka remanded Ajep to Lira government prison until 12th, July, 2017 when he will be produced in court for sentencing. This however adds to the two(2) charges in which he was charged with. He faces charges of simple and aggravated robberies.