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Two more jailed for sexual offences

By James Atem Kuir

The Gender Based Violence and Juvenile Court in Juba has sentenced a 17 year-old boy and 34 year-old man to 3 years detention in reformatory center and 10 years in prison for sexual offences respectively.

The two convicts were found guilty of abusing their survivors under articles 11 and 247 of the penal court act 2008 according to the two judges who presided over their cases yesterday.

Judge Andrew Joshua Ladu sentenced Daniel Louis Daniel who was 17 at the time of the crime, to 3 years detention in reformatory school for raping a 15-year old girl in Hai-Gudele in November last year.

“Daniel Louis Daniel, you are hereby sentenced to be detained in reformatory school for imprisonment effective from today 27th, January 2022 according to provisions of section 11 of the penal court act, 2008,” Judge Ladu of the GBV and Juvenile court read the verdict yesterday.

The convict has also been fined 500,000 South Sudanese Pounds as remedies to the survivor through civil proceedings.

Judge Francis Amum, also a judge of the GBV and Juvenile Court condemned 32-year-old Bidal Richard Arkangelo to 10 years in prison for defiling a 14-year-old in Lokiliri area last year.

“The convict is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment to be served starting from the date of his detention. The convict has to pay 500,000 South Sudanese Pounds as remedies through civil proceedings,” he said.

The two convicts are allowed to appeal the verdict within 15 days.

The GBV and Juvenile Court has been sentencing several offenders of gender-based violence since last week.

The UN Human Rights Commission said it was alarmed at the high degree at which rape and sexual violence had been perpetrated in South Sudan during the five-year civil war last year.

It asserted that over 100 women and girls were raped after the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in its reports last year.

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