Jury Verdict: Guilty on All Counts
On Wednesday 18 October, the jury in the Jungle Jabbah trial delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty on all four counts. The jury began their deliberation on Tuesday afternoon and continued Wednesday morning, spending a total of around five hours deliberating. On Wednesday morning, the jury sent out four requests for evidence and testimony read-backs. They first asked for transcripts of several witness’ testimonies but were informed by the Judge that the transcripts were not ready yet, and they needed to use their memory of the proceedings unless they had specific questions about a particular point they needed to be clarified. The jury then requested several pieces of evidence, specifically, photographs of the SSS officers, photographs of one of the rape victim’s injuries, and all photos of child soldiers. After reviewing the requested evidence, the jury notified the Judge that they’d reached a decision and were brought into court where the foreperson read their verdict of guilty.
Sentencing will occur at a later date.