Deoxyribonucleic Acid Analysis (DNA) has linked city socialite Charles Olim alias Sipapa to 12 other robberies dating as far back as 2014, the directorate of forensic science at the Uganda Police Force has said.
Sipapa was arrested on Tuesday last week by the crime intelligence in collaboration with the criminal investigations directorate. Sipapa later appeared before the Makindye Grade One Magistrate's court on Friday together with his wife, Shamirah Nakiyimba on six counts of aggravated robbery. This was after $429,000 and other valuables robbed from the home of a South Sudanese national Jacob Arok were allegedly found inside Sipapa’s home at Kityo close, Buwate, in Kira Municipality, Wakiso district. Detectives and the crime intelligence team traced an iCloud signal of one of the four iPhones robbed from Arok’s home to Sipapa’s residence. Upon arrest, police drew samples from Sipapa for DNA testing. Findings from the DNA have since allegedly connected him to robberies and burglaries that were recorded in among other areas Ntinda, Kiwatule, Bugolobi, Kabalagala and Kira road. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says that when the forensic experts run tests of Sipapa’s blood samples, they noticed that they matched DNA samples and fingerprints lifted at various robbery and burglary scenes.