Death sentence for rape and murder

Two men have been sentenced to death for rape and murder of a 14-year old girl.

This death judgement was passed in a court in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

The culprits – Mohamed Abdi Faray and Abdirahman Mohamed Isaq confessed to the crime after kidnapping the young girl in Bosaso city earlier this year.

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Sadly, Somalia has suffered a high increase in rape and murder in the past years.

However, in recent months there has been an increase in the number of such attacks across Somalia.

Also, the police are currently investigating several cases; including one of a 19-year-old who was gang-raped and thrown off a six-storey building in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in September.

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Background about death penalty in USA

The death penalty in the United States is used almost exclusively for the crime of murder. Although state and federal statutes contain various capital crimes other than those involving the killing of the victim, only two people were on death row for a non-murder offense (Patrick Kennedy and Richard Davis in Louisiana) when the U.S. Supreme Court addressed this issue in 2008. No one has been executed for such a crime since the death penalty was re-instated in 1976.

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court in Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584, held that the death penalty for the rape of an adult was “grossly disproportionate” and an “excessive punishment,” and hence was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The Court looked at the relatively few states that allowed the penalty for rape and the few death sentences that had been handed down.

Some states passed new laws allowing the death penalty for the rape of a child. In 2007, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for Patrick Kennedy for the rape of his step-daughter, LOUISIANA v. KENNEDY (No. 05-KA-1981, May 22, 2007). Kennedy was convicted in 2003. However, Louisiana’s law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 2008. See Kennedy v. Louisiana for more information. This decision also held that the penalty would be disproportionate for any offense against an individual that did not involve death of the victim.