Aweil court to rule on child rape and murder case

Aweil court to rule on child rape and murder case
A handcuff. [Image, Courtesy]

A high court in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal will on Monday make a final ruling in a case where a Sudanese businessman is being tried over accusations of rape and murder of a South Sudanese child a month ago.

Last Thursday, the judges hearing the case set Monday, May 30 as the day for the final verdict of the case.

Saber Abdalla Abusam, a Sudanese trader from Darfur, is accused of molesting Abuk Lual to death at Ayuang Residential Area in Aweil.

In this case, Omer Mahmud and Ahmad Hassan were also arrested as suspects in the crime. But according to Radio Tamazuj, Hassan was released after he was proven innocent.

Radio Tamazuj quoted Mr Garang Akok, who represents the deceased, calling for maximum punishment for the trader and his co-accused if found guilty.

“Today (Thursday) we have submitted the final submission as a private interest defence against the accused and we hope that this criminal (Saber Abdalla Abusam) must face the toughest punishment,” Akok said.

The incident stirred tension in Aweil, with youth targeting the Sudanese traders who reside in the county. It took the intervention of the Northern Bahr el Ghazal State to quell the tension with a promise that justice would be served to the family of the young girl.