JUBA – A South Sudan police officer has been sentenced to 14 years in jail by the Gender-based Violence Court in the country’s capital Juba after he was found guilty of defiling an eight-year-old girl.
Police 1st Lt. Judo Michael Logoro, 24, is said to have committed the crime against the small girl at Juba’s Jebel Market in January this year. According to court documents, the police criminal was living with the girl in the same compound.
The defilement happened during one afternoon when mother left the compound for the market where she sells tea. It was also found that he defiled the girl several times and tried to silent her by buying her sweets.
“I would, therefore, impose the maximum penalty sentence on the convict – 14 years in imprisonment to be served – considering the time he spent in detention from January 7, 2021,” Presiding judge Francis Amum of the GBV Court read out the verdict on Wednesday morning.
The convict must also pay the victim a sum of 700, 000 SSP as reparation.
Judo Michael Logoro was convicted under Section 247 of the Penal Code that states that whosoever has sexual intercourse or carnal intercourse with another person below the age of 18 years shall not be deemed to be consent.