AUTHOR: Angelina Achol | PUBLISHED: August 21, 2023
Bar Mayen police station in Aweil Center County | Credit | William Kolong
Police in Aweil Center County, Northern Bahr Ghazal State, say they are holding a suspect behind the killing of a young man at the weekend.
They identified the suspect as Chier Wol Unguch, 26 – a mechanic; and his victim, Chan Akuar, 28.
According to Passqualo Dumo – payam police inspector – Chier and Chan disagreed over a cost of motorbike repair at Bar Mayen market on Saturday evening.
Though there was no initial agreement before the repair work started, the mechanic reportedly demanded SSP 1000, but Chan had SSP 300.
In the heat of the moment, Wol grabbed a stick and hit Akuar with it on the neck, badly injuring him.
Dumo says Chan later succumbed to the neck injury at the Aweil State Hospital, prompting search for the attacker.
At the time of the arrest, Dumo said Chier was found at the paramount chief’s house where he had surrendered himself after the incident.
“I want to tell my people and those listening on Akol Yam FM is that, to follow law is the best,” he told area residents.
“If you want something from somebody, please follow the right procedures to get your right, not through fighting or killing. That is not good.”
South Sudan Penal Code 2008 stipulates that whoever acts, knowing that death would be the probable and not only a likely consequence of the act or of any bodily injury which the act was intended to cause, commits the offense of murder.
“…and upon conviction be sentenced to death or imprisonment for life, and may also be liable to a fine; provided that, if the nearest relatives of the deceased opt for customary blood compensation, the Court may award it in lieu of death sentence with imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years,” it states.