Aweil rape convict- Saber Abusam faces death by hang due to late appeal
Saber Abusam Abdallah, a Sudanese trader who was sentenced to death by the High Court in Aweil over the death of a minor, could face the hangman’s noose over a late appeal.
Saber, 42, was found guilty of playing a key role in the rape and eventual murder of a five-year-old, Abuk Lual.
The court handed him a death sentence, by hang, on May 30.
“The first convict, Saber Abdellah is hereby sentenced to death by hanging for violating section 140/A of South Sudan penal code act 2008,” said the Judge in a verdict.
Saber was given a 15-day window to appeal the sentence.
This, therefore, means that Saber had until June 13 to lodge an appeal. He eventually did, on June 14, a day after the expiry of the appeal window.
According to Deng John Deng, an advocate who was part of the prosecution team, Saber could now face the hangman due to late filing.
The court heard and determined that Saber played a key role in the rape and eventual murder of Abuk Lual, whose body was found dumped in a pit latrine, in Aweil County, Northern Bahar el Ghazal State.
His co-accused, Omer Mohamed Omer was sentenced to five years in jail. The court found out that Omer played a minor role in aiding the key suspect to commit the offence.
The City Review could not independently verify whether Omer also lodged an appeal.
Saber was recently transferred from Aweil to Wau Prison barely a week before he lodged the late appeal.
His lawyer could not be reached for comment.