9-year-old Aceh boy killed while defending mother from rapist

The murder of a boy in Aceh has shocked many in the country, with the victim brutally killed during his heroic attempt to protect his mother from a rapist.

According to local police, on Friday, the 9-year-old victim was at home with his mother in Biren Bayuen subdistrict, East Aceh. A 35-year-old man, identified as Samsul, broke into the house while the occupants were asleep and the victim’s father out fishing.

Samsul then raped the boy’s mother. When the boy woke up after hearing his mother’s struggles, he tried to attack Samsul. Sadly, Samsul hacked the boy numerous times with a machete, killing him.

Samsul fled the house and took the boy’s body with him as he went into hiding. On Sunday morning, the police located Samsul, who swung his machete at police officers to resist arrest. The officers shot him in the legs three times and made an arrest.

The boy’s body was recovered by a river near his home.

“His entire body had hack wounds. There were wounds on his arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, chest, fingers, and more. It was really heartbreaking,” Arief Sukmono, who heads the Crime Investigation Unit at Langsa Police, said yesterday.

Police have not formally announced charges against Samsul, but revealed that he was previously sentenced to 18 years in prison for murder. However, 15 years into his sentence, he became one among the thousands of prisoners who were recently granted early release as the government sought to prevent coronavirus infections in the country’s overcrowded prisons.

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