23 August 2014

Tanzania: Alleged Peer Killers Released

Two children of Masusu Village, Gisambalang' Ward in Hanang District Manyara Region who were arrested recently by Police allegedly for killing their peer have been released.

The children aged seven and ten, their names withheld, were alleged to have brutally killed another child, Omari Hamisi (3) on July 26, this year at 01:00 p.m. by beating him with sticks, strangling him and later hanging his body on a tree.

The deceased hailing from Babati came to the Masusu Village with his aunt to visit his grandfather. It is alleged he was killed by the children because he could not respond in the Datoga language when he was greeted by the accused.

The Manyara Regional Police Commander, Mr. Deusdedit Nsimeki speaking to this reporter confirmed that the children were released last week.

Mr. Nsimeki said that the suspects were released on the directive of the State Attorney based on Section 15 (1) of Penal Code Chapter 16, that a person under the age of ten years is not criminally responsible for any act or omission.

The Councillor of Gisambalang ward, Mr. Masala Bajuta also confirmed the release of the two children.

"It is true that the children were released and they are staying in their respective homes with their families who were holding meetings with the bereaved family on how to reconcile the matter," said Mr. Bajuta.

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