A sheep in South Sudan has been sentenced to three years in prison after it was found guilty of killing a 45-year-old woman earlier this month, according to multiple reports.
The ram was arrested and placed under police custody after he attacked and injured the ribs of the victim identified as Adhieu Chaping, who died as a result of the injuries.
“The ram attacked by hitting her ribs and the old woman died immediately. Our role as police is to provide safety and separate fights. The ram was apprehended and currently under custody at a Police Station,” Police Chief Major Elijah Mabor said as reported by Local21news.
The animal will spend three years at a military camp as punishment after he was found guilty of murder. Asked why they could not jail the sheep’s owner, the police chief said they found the owner innocent of the crime, and the animal was fully responsible for the crime.
“The owner is innocent and the ram is the one who perpetrated the crime so it deserves to be arrested then later on the case shall be forwarded to customary court where the case can be handled amicably,” the officer added.
The court, however, ordered the sheep’s owner Duony Manyang Dhal to give five cows to the victim’s family as compensation.