Photos : Man arrested after returning chairs he stole from church

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A man has been arrested in Uganda for stealing a set of chairs from a church. Joel Enuu, who lives in Otucopi, Soroti town and a regular churchgoer, had been admiring the chairs at St Patrick Catholic Church Madera Mission and developed a plan to steal them.

Enuu was also trying to impress his girlfriend who was pestering him to buy chairs for their apartment as the bed they used doubled as furniture. Enuu materialized his plan in two weeks and decorated his single room apartment with the chairs valued at a high price. Trouble started for the thief when the parish priest Father Simon Wankya issued a seven day ultimatum for the return of the chairs or the culprit will face the wrath of God.

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Fear gripped the criminal and he hastily returned the furniture. Speaking to crime newsmen, he said;

I took back the chairs after hearing that the priest was going to pray for the thief of the church chairs to become mad. I decided to take back the chairs at 1am on Friday morning in fear of becoming mad.I don’t know what to tell my girlfriend when she returns and finds the chairs missing however I am seeking forgiveness from the church because it was the act of the devil.

Enuu returned two of the chairs and is being questioned by police officers on the whereabouts of the remaining 5. He was arrested and charged with theft of church property. According to the police chief of Otucopi, Enuu was a habitual thief.

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He said;

Ennu is a habitual thief who has just returned from prison over theft of a pig and a laptop. His file is ready and we expect him to be taken to court either this week or next week

Speaking on the matter, Father Wankya says the church has forgiven him.

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