Sheep was sentenced to three years in prison for killing a 45-year-old woman

Sheep was sentenced to three years in prison for killing a 45-year-old woman

The owner has been ordered to pay "blood compensation" and is most likely to lose the ram at the end of its sentence.

In more bizarre news, a ram was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison for killing a woman. Earlier this month, the animal reportedly headbutted a woman identified as Adhieu Chaping, 45, breaking her ribs. She, unfortunately, succumbed to her wounds, police told Sudan's Eye Radio.

"The ram attacked by hitting her ribs and the old woman died immediately. So this is what happened in Rumbek East in a place called Akuel Yol," said Lakes State police spokesperson Major Elijah Mabor according to Ladbible. It has now been decided that the ram will spend three years in a military camp in Aduel County headquarters in Lakes State. "Our role as police is to provide safety and separate fights," shared Mabor talking about the unusual arrest.

"The ram was apprehended and currently under custody at a police station of Maleng Agok Payam," they said. "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."


That being said, the owner, Duony Manyang Dhal, will be facing some consequences. He has been ordered by authorities to pay something called "blood compensation" where he will have to give five of his cows to the victim's family. In Lakes State, customary laws say that if any domestic animal kills a person it is given to the victim's family as compensation. Per Ladbible, the owner is most likely to lose ownership of the ram at the end of its sentence and it will be gifted to the victim's family.

Just last year, a woman passed away after being attacked by a sheep on a U.S. farm. Kim Taylor had been volunteering at the Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, Massachusetts, when the fatal attack happened, reports The New York Post.

"Bolton Police, Bolton EMS, and Patriot ALS responded to the call and immediately began first aid after arriving at the scene," revealed Bolton Police Chief Warren Nelson at the time. "Authorities were told the woman, Kim Taylor, 73, of Wellesley, was alone caring for livestock in a pen when a sheep charged at her and repeatedly rammed her."


"This resulted in Taylor having extensive, serious injuries before she went into cardiac arrest shortly after Bolton Police Officers and Patriot ALS arrived. Taylor was sent to Marlborough Hospital, where she later died from her injuries. She was still alive when we got there. It turned bad quickly. She was able to talk to officers," revealed the statement.

Taylor's daughter released a heartbreaking statement shortly after her death. "Our mother, Kim Taylor, was not only a great mother, grandmother and friend but was also a huge animal lover. She found joy in her weekly volunteering at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, MA. This accident was tragic and we are so very sad," it read.

"She was a nurse for over 30 years and recently retired from nursing after taking care of her patients in the Critical Care Unit at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. She was an avid knitter, cook and Red Sox fan. She greeted others while walking her dogs and always found joy on these outdoor walks," continued the statement. 

Representative cover image source: Getty | Photo by David Renwald

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