Juba, 26 Oct. 2020; High Court in Juba has on Monday sentenced Mr. Babu Emmanuel Lokiri, the premier suspect of Rock city gruesome killing of three siblings, the sisters were 9 years old Naomi, 7 years old Blessing, and 4 years old Nor.
The High court made its verdict after the defense lawyers and lawyers representing the family of the victims concluded their cross-examines section last week.
On Monday morning Mr. Babu Lokiri, the premier suspect who dressed in African dress appeared calmed though looked confused. The 24 years old young man is a Juba university student in the faculty of medicines. According to the pieces of evidence presented by the prosecutor pinned Mr. Babu Lokiri for killing the three siblings at Rock City in Juba on 1 August 2020.
Without wasting much time, the Presiding judge Douth Kulang made a verdict and said the court found, Mr. Emmanuel Babu Lokiri guilty of the gruesome killing of 9-year-old Naomi, 7-year-old Blessing, and 4-year old Nor Edward.
“The court has found that the accused person is guilty of charges of murder under Section 206 of the Penal Code Act 2008,” Judge Kulang announced.
At the final session, the court asked the defendant’s lawyer, Gamer Elden Mohamed Al Hassan, if he had any reasons to reduce the penalty.
Mohamed said his client – a medical student – should get a leaner sentence given that he could help the country through his work when he graduates as a doctor.
However, Boutros Yai, the public prosecutor, rejected the request – arguing that the accused has another brother and that he depends on his parents and he does not support any person.
Then the judge consulted the victims’ parents on whether they would forgive Babu, who earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.
However, they refused and requested the court to punish Babu with “any sentence harder than hanging”.
“The convict, Babu Emmanuel Lokiri, will be hanged by the neck till death,” he added.
The case will be taken to the Supreme Court for confirmation after 15 days of the appeal.
The judge also ordered that the murder weapon be “destroyed in the criminal court by the court police”.
The date for hanging the 24 years will possibly be made after 15 days when the supreme court will give its recommendation to hang Mr. Babu Lokiri.