Fredrick Ford Kyogonza 33, who assaulted a female magistrate inside Masindi court last year had no justifiable cause for violence, an internal judiciary investigation has concluded.
Kyogonza, a medical clinician and resident of Masindi Municipality on December 13, 2017, assaulted and injured the then Masindi Chief Magistrate Catherine Agwero after she committed him to prison.
Kyogonza had been brought before court for failure to pay a Shs 4.8m debt, but as soon as Agwero sentenced him to six months in jail, Kyogonza sprinted across the court room onto the judge bench and punched her several times in the face.
Kyogonza would later claim that court had failed to handle his complaint and instead read him a forged ruling.
Kyagonza earlier lost, with costs, a civil suit filed against him by Masindi District Local Government and a one Kiganda Abdallah. High Court Judge, Rugadya Atwooki subsequently dismissed his application for Civil Revision of the lower court decision.
However, in a report made to the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe by the inspectorate of Courts, Kyogonza was found at fault and the court staff.
“Basing on the above findings, the allegations against judicial officers and clerk were baseless, unfounded and arose as a result of losing the matter above,” the report signed by Deputy registrar Agnes Nkonge reads in part.
On Kyagonza’s claims that the Court failed to handle his complaint and instead read to him a forged ruling, the Inspectorate’s finding was that there was only one ruling on the file – the one signed by Judge Atwooki. The Report recommended that the litigant concentrates on p
The Report recommended that the litigant concentrates on pursuing the appeal he already filed.
The Inspector of Courts, is mandated to investigate and evaluate complaints from the public against both judicial officer and other court staff and recommend appropriate action against the officer found at fault