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Farmer detained for killing herder in Gogrial East

Farmer detained for killing herder in Gogrial East
A local spear in South Sudan

A 43-year-old farmer will spend his second night in a police cell tonight after he attacked and killed a cattle owner in Gogrial East on Wednesday.

At around 10 in the morning, Aguer Akol released his cows for grazing in Yiik Ador Payam.

However, six of the animals wandered off to a nearby farm, angering the farm owner, whom the police identified as Lual Kiir.

“They cows passed through a wooden fence of the neighbor – his maternal uncle – which caused a quarrel,” Col Madut Anei, county inspector of police, told Mayardit FM on Thursday.

In the heat of the moment, Lual grabbed his spear and pierced Aguer with it in the stomach. “He died on the way, shortly before he reached the hospital,” Madut continued.

Madut added that Lual Kiir will soon be arraigned in court after investigations.

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.