Man Gets 25-year Jail Time for kidnapping & Murder

ADDIS ABABA — A High Court in the Central Gondar Zone of Amhara region has sentenced a man to 25-year jail time for kidnapping for ransom and killing of a teenager.

The convict, Abebaw Dagne, is a resident of Chilga District, Mastewal Worku, spokesperson of the court, told ENA on Friday.

According to the spokesperson, Abebaw kidnapped the 15-year old victim from his home in Hikel Town on January 10, 2022.

He then demanded 100,000 as ransom money from the boy’s family, and repeatedly threatened them with Dire consequences if they failed to comply with his demand.

The spokesperson said law enforcement later found the victim dead after he was thrown off of a cliff.

The court found Abebaw guilty of aggravated kidnapping and murder after prosecutors successfully presented their witnesses and medical evidence on the case, though the defendant pleaded not guilty.

The High Court in Central Gondar also sentenced the convict to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.