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Soldier arrested for shooting neighbour in the head

A soldier has been arrested for shooting his neighbor at Mapau area along Juba - Bor Highway over a child abuse incident involving a heated altercation that tragically resulted in Deng Ayiei being shot in the head.

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A soldier has been arrested for shooting his neighbor at Mapau area along Juba – Bor Highway over child-abuse on Wednesday evening.

The relatives who witnessed the incident, claim that Deng Ayiei was shot in the head after a neighbor beat a child and then the child ran into his house for safety.


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While trying to help the child, the people in Deng’s house told “the man to stop beating the child and he grew angry and went back home to inform his relative who is a soldier that they were invaded by the neighbours,” and the fight then broke out.

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“The woman of the house told them that when you beat the child and the child run away from you, you shouldn’t continue beating the child. Because they weren’t allowed to continue beating the child, that guy went back and informed the relatives that the neighbors were fighting them,” a cousin to the victim, Agany Malleher told Talk of Juba.

“The suspect wasn’t even the one that beat the child. This guy [suspect] was just informed that the neighbors were fighting them, so he had to come with the gun and started shooting until he shot Deng Ayiei.”

“This suspect is called Marial and he is an officer in the army. But our priority now is the health of the victim, to make sure he is well. We are now at Juba Medical Center for scanning and after that I will take him back to Juba Teaching Hospital and then we can at least follow the legal procedures. And that guy is under the detention by the MI because he is a soldier,” Agany added.

The military police officer in Juba, Lt. Col. Daniel Mabior Garang who spoke to Talk of Juba on the matter, said “the cause of the accident is not yet investigated, but our prime aim was to intervene and break the fight. I took the victim to the hospital and brought the accused to the jail. We shall find out what happened afterwards.”

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