SOUTH SUDAN: BABU EMMANUEL SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
October 27, 2020:
The High Court in Juba, South Sudan, on 26 October 2020 sentenced Babu Emmanuel Lokiri, the accused in the murder of three juvenile sisters, to death by hanging after finding him guilty of murder. (Source: Radio Tamazuj, 26/10/2020)
24-year-old Babu Emmanuel was the prime suspect for the murder of three siblings Lydia Edward, 9, Blessing Edward, 7, and their 4-year-old sister Nura Edward two months ago at their home in Juba’s Rock City suburb.
High court Justice Duoth Kulang Bishok issued the ruling.
Asked by the court, what should be done to the convict before a ruling was made, the children’s parents called for retribution.
On 23 October the prosecution team and defense lawyers of Babu Emmanuel made their final submissions to the court. Babu’s defense lawyer Simon Akeny insisted that his client was innocent.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit condemned the murder of the three children which sparked a public outcry calling it a "heinous crime" and directed law enforcement agencies to use every tool at their disposal to quickly apprehend and bring the suspect to justice.
The three siblings were murdered on 1st August 2020.