Utilities and Standards Court Chief Magistrate James Mawanda Eremye has sentenced 30 year old Geoffrey Kasule, more about a businessman and resident of Masanafu to 12 months imprisonment, treatment after convicting him on three charges of Unauthorized use and Interception of Computer Service, view Electronic Fraud and Operating Telecommunication Service without a license, contrary to Section 78(b) and 22 of the UCC Act (2013).
The magistrate handed down the sentence after considering a number of mitigating factors, among them the convict’s remorsefulness – having pleaded guilty – and the fact that he is a first offender.
The maximum sentence for unlawful interception of communication is life imprisonment; Electronic Fraud attracts 15 years imprisonment whereas for Operating a Telecommunications it is 12months imprisonment.
The convict however was sentence to 12 months, 5 months and 12 months on the three offenses respectively, which he is to serve concurrently.
The state prosecutor and the Head of legal at UCC Abdul Salaam Waiswa, while addressing journalists immediately
after court said he is grateful with the sentence and revealed that investigations are still underway to have the other suspects who are still at large arrested.
“Our duty as UCC is not to keep people in prison but to ensure that they reform. I call upon all young educated people to use well their ICT knowledge in lawful activities. Most of the people whom we have arrested in illegal communication acts are youth.”