Sheep sentenced to three years in prison after headbutting pensioner to death

A sheep has been slapped with a three-year jail sentence after it reportedly head-butted an elderly woman to death.

The ram allegedly launched an attack on Adhieu Chaping, 45, and struck her in the chest multiple times before she died on the weekend.

As part of the punishment, the sheep will have to spend time behind bars at a military camp after it was sentenced by traditional leaders in South Sudan.

It comes after the victim's family were told they would receive five cows from the ram owner as a part of compensation for her blood.

"The ram attacked by hitting her ribs and the old woman died immediately," Police major Elijah Mabor told Sudan's Eye Radio.

"So this is what happened in Rumbek East in a place called Akuel Yol.

"Our role as police is to provide safety and separate fights. The ram was apprehended and currently under custody at a Police Station of Maleng Agok Payam."

Authorities confirmed the two families have agreed that the owner will give them cows based on local understanding put in place by community elders, reports Ghanawish.

The owner of the ram has since been identified as Duony Manyang Dhal.

According to County administrator Paul Adhong Majak, the owner and the victim’s family are related and 'neighbours'.

It has been reported that the ram will be gifted to Chaping's family once it is released from prison, under local law.

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The families have had to sign a contract to formalise the agreement with cops, in which community leaders were present as witnesses.

The Daily Star previously reported how a volunteer died after she was attacked by a comfort sheep at a farm last year in the US.

Kim Taylor was left badly injured by the animal following the attack whilst working at the Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and took Kim to hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

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