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It’s the kind of farcical scenario you’d likely only
ever encounter in a movie, except for the fact that it happened in
real life: A sheep has been sentenced to jail for three years after
he was found guilty of killing a woman.
The murder is believed to have taken place in South Sudan, North
Africa, after a ram attacked and killed local woman, Adhieu
Chaping, 45, whose injuries were too severe to be treated.
It is understood these injuries included serious damage to her
ribs, and while the woman tried to stand up mid-fight, the
malicious animal continued to strike the woman.
Following the incident, which took place in May 2022, the
malevolent sheep was taken into police custody in South Sudan and
requested to appear before a customary court upon the investigation
Addressing the sheep’s crime, local police spokesperson,
Elijah Mabor Makuach, said explained the situation.
“The incident occurred on Sunday in Maleng Agok Payam of
Rumbek East County,” Major Mabor said.
“The ram attacked by hitting her ribs and the old woman
“So, this is what happened in Rumbek East in a place called
MAJOR MABOR EXPLAINS EXACTLY WHY NOTORIOUS SHEEP WAS
Asked why the killer sheep was apprehended for his crime, Major
Mabor explained that the role of his police officers is to
“provide safety” to the community.
“Our role as police is to provide safety and separate
Major Mabor said.
“The ram was apprehended and currently under custody at a
Police Station of Maleng Agok Payam.”
Major Mabor went on to explain that the ram was arrested for his
“The owner is innocent and the ram is the one who
perpetrated the crime so it deserves to be arrested,” he
“Then later on the case shall be forwarded to customary
court where the case can be handed amicably.”
It is understood the animal will now spend the next three years
in a military camp in Aduel County headquarters, situated in
Sudan’s Lakes State.
It is unknown whether the killer sheep has since expressed
remorse for his crime.
Some may argue that only time wool tell.
Meanwhile, a local court in the town of Rumbek has also ruled
that the owner of the ram, Duony Manyang Dhal, will have to bestow five cows to the
victim’s family as compensation.
According to County administrator, Paul Adhong Majak, the owner
of the ram and the victim’s family are related and
Additionally, after the criminal animal finishes his jail
sentence, he will also be gifted to the family in accordance with
local Sudanese law.
This condition was carried out in a formal agreement with the
police, where both families were made to sign a contract before
community leaders who acted as witnesses.
MURDER CHARGES IN NEW SOUTH WALES
In most countries, the realms of criminal
law do not apply to animals.
However, as most would assume, it’s a very different story
As far as the crime of murder is concerned,
an offence is said to take place where the accused voluntarily does
something to another, which causes the death of the alleged victim,
where the accused, at the time, does so with reckless indifference
to human life, or with intention to kill the person or inflict
grievous bodily harm.
The wrongdoing is considered amongst the most evil, and to send
this message, the toughest penalties are in place.
Under imprisonment for life for a murder offence, a person is
required to serve out that sentence for the term of the
person’s natural life.
It is worth noting that whether a life jail sentence is handed
down to the convicted murderer is at the discretion of the NSW
Where the court determines that a life imprisonment is not
warranted against a convicted murderer, the court must order a
parole and non-parole period of imprisonment.
Defences to the charge of murder include self-defence, mental
illness and involuntary conduct.