DNA samples link Sipapa to 12 other flights over 8-year period

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis has linked city socialite Charles Olim alias Sipapa to 12 other robberies dating back to 2014, the Uganda Police Force’s Forensic Science Directorate has said.

Sipapa was arrested on Tuesday last week by Criminal Intelligence in conjunction with the Criminal Investigations Directorate.

Sipapa then appeared in Makindye Magistrates’ Court on Friday with his wife, Shamirah Nakiyimba, on six counts of aggravated robbery.

This was after $429,000 and other valuables stolen from the home of a South Sudanese national Jacob Arok were reportedly found inside Sipapa’s house in Kityo close, Buwate, Kira township. , Wakiso district.

Detectives and the Crime Intelligence Team traced an iCloud signal from one of four iPhones stolen from Arok’s home to Sipapa’s residence.

Upon his arrest, police took samples from Sipapa for DNA testing. DNA findings have since linked him to robberies and burglaries which have been recorded in Ntinda, Kiwatule, Bugolobi, Kabalagala and Kira road areas, among others.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said when forensic experts carried out tests on Sipapa’s blood samples, they noticed they had presented DNA samples and fingerprints taken in various theft and burglary scenes.

In his statement to the Kabalagala police station on August 29, Arok said he and his family members woke up to an open house in the early hours of the morning.

He explains that when they turned on the lights, they noticed that the bag containing the money, a flat screen television, four iPhones, two Apple laptops, a Dell laptop and jewelry belonging to his wife were missing from the room. ‘call.

When criminal intelligence and detectives searched Sipapa’s home, they recovered the four iPhones, two Apple laptops and $70,000 that Nakiyimba allegedly tried to hide in her husband’s shoes.

Enanga said the police will add all the evidence collected using the DNA analysis to the current case file so that the charges can be amended and heard in advance.

“Our CID directorate, in close coordination with the Forensic Medicine directorate, has established 12 other cases linked to Sipapa. This follows his fingerprints and DNA samples that were analyzed in our databases and scientifically matched samples that we selected from 12 other scenes. This implies that he was the perpetrator or one of the perpetrators at the scene of all the criminal incidents in Bugolobi, Kabalagala, Kira road, Jinja road, Kiwatule, Ntinda and Kyanja-Jomayi. The crimes span from the year 2014 to 2022. This is an 8 year period,” Enanga said.

Sipapa came into the limelight in 2014 when he showed up at clubs pouring money on revelers. He then resorted to promoting music.

One of the prominent artists he has promoted is Joseph Mayanja alias, Dr. Jose Chameleone. But the duo later fell out when Chameleone publicly accused Sipapa of being a serial thief.

By URN



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