MANADO - The Kotamobagu District Court in North Sulawesi on Thursday sentenced a brutal murderer to 15 years' imprisonment for killing Janna Modeong, 52, in May this year.
Presiding judge Nova Noura Sasube said Hamdan Potabuga, 32, of Mongkonai subdistrict, West Kotamobagu district, Kotamobagu, had been proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt of having brutally killed the victim. The sentence was lighter than that sought by prosecutors, who wanted life imprisonment.
The trial, which took place at around 1 p.m. local time, was tightly guarded by security guards and police. Dozens of the defendant's relatives attended the hearing, but none of the victim's relatives were in sight.
The defendant committed the murder on May 9 this year in Mogkonai subdistrict. He killed his victim by repeatedly slashing across her body, then decapitated her.