Surabaya pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for years of sexual abuse

first_imgThe Surabaya District Court has declared 50-year-old pastor Hanny Layantara guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment.Presiding judge Johanis Hehamony said Hanny was found guilty of violating Article 82 of the Child Protection Law.”We declare the defendant Hanny Layantara guilty and sentence him to 10 years in prison and order him to pay Rp 100 million in fines or serve an additional six months in prison,” Johanis said on Monday as reported by He added that the panel of judges noted two factors in their sentencing decision, namely that the defendant had refused to admit his wrongdoings and that his actions were contradictory to his role as a religious leader.The sentence matched the punishment demanded by prosecutors.Hanny was arrested in Sidoarjo, East Java, on March 3, two weeks after his victim’s family reported the abuse to the police. He had allegedly been planning to flee the country at the time of his arrest.The victim, now 26, said that Hanny had sexually abused her from 2005 – when she was only 12 years old – until 2011.Hanny’s lawyer, Abdurrachman Saleh, said he and his client would file an appeal against the verdict.”We disagree with the judges’ verdict. We will appeal,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

India on top in Indore Test despite sloppy catching

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – A dominant India remained on course for a big first-innings lead after skittling out Bangladesh for a meagre 150 runs, despite some sloppy catching on day one of the opening Test yesterday.The hosts lost opener Rohit Sharma for six in their reply but finished the day on 86-1 with Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal putting on 72 runs for the flourishing second-wicket partnership. Pujara was batting on 43 with seven boundaries. Agarwal was lucky to reach 37 after being dropped in the slip by Imrul Kayes when on 32. Earlier, Mominul Haque won the toss in his first match as Bangladesh’s new Test captain but his decision to bat immediately backfired. India’s three-pronged pace attack exploited the early morning conditions and reduced them to 31-3 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. After repeatedly beating the tentative bats of both openers, Umesh Yadav drew first blood in the sixth over, getting Imrul caught in the slip for six. Ishant Sharma sent back Shadman Islam in the next over before Mohammed Shami trapped Mohammad Mithun lbw for 13 to wreck the top order. Mominul and Mushfiqur Rahim combined pluck and luck to forge the only 50-plus partnership in the Bangladesh innings. Mominul was on three when he was spilled in the slip by Ajinkya Rahane, otherwise a safe catcher, who had a terrible day, off Ravichandran Ashwin. Mushfiqur was dropped twice, first by Virat Kohli and then by Rahane, who also dropped Mahmudullah off Ashwin. Ashwin spared himself any more heartbreak by bowling out Mominul, who made 37, and Mahmudullah. A much-relieved Rahane, sporting a sheepish smile, ran to congratulate Ashwin after the spinner sent back Mahmudullah. Shami (3-27) dismissed Mushfiqur, who made 43, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the last two balls before the tea break but Taijul Islam denied him a hat-trick after tea. “I had to think of the conditions and situation and try to keep my line as tight as possible and stick to my plans,” Shami told broadcaster Star Sports afterwards. “I have been bowling from wide of the crease in the last two years and I once again backed myself.”BANGLADESH 1st inningsShadman Islam c Wriddhiman Saha b Ishant Sharma 6Imrul Kayes c Ajinkya Rahane b Umesh Yadav 6Mominul Haque b Ravichandran Ashwin 37Mohammad Mithun lbw Mohammed Shami 13Mushfiqur Rahim b Mohammed Shami 43Mahmudullah b Ravichandran Ashwin 10Liton Das c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 21Mehidy Hasan lbw Mohammed Shami 0Taijul Islam run-out Ravindra Jadeja 1Abu Jayed not out 7Ebadat Hossain b Umesh Yadav 2Extras: (lb-3, w-1) 4Total: (all out, 58.3 overs) 150Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-31, 4-99, 5-115, 6-140, 7-140, 8-140, 9-148.Bowling: Ishant Sharma 12-6-20-2, Umesh Yadav 14.3-3-47-2, Mohammed Shami 13-5-27-3 (w-1), Ravichandran Ashwin 16-1-43-2, Ravindra Jadeja 3-0-10-0.INDIA 1st inningsMayank Agarwal not out 37Rohit Sharma c Liton Das b Abu Jayed 6Cheteshwar Pujara not out 43Extras: 0Total: (one wkt, 26.0 overs) 86Fall of wickets: 1-14.Bowling: Ebadat Hossain 11-2-32-0, Abu Jayed 8-0-21-1, Taijul Islam 7-0-33-0.last_img read more

Sirawoo Elected New SWAN President

first_imgHammed Shittu in IlorinThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) wednesday elected Mr. Honour Sirawoo as the National President of the association.He was returned unopposed at the election which held at the Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin. Speaking after his election, Mr. Sirawoo charged the federal government to come up with its strategic blueprint for the nation’s sports development.This, he said that, would go a long way in demonstrating its seriousness in the revamping of the sports sector in the country.He also advocated a reappraisal of the act establishing the National Institute for Sports (NIS) with a view to upgrading the centre to a degree awarding institution in the country.Sirawoo said that such development would properly equip coaches and others in the administration of sports in the country.He also said that, “to facilitate the process of reaping effectively from the three trillion dollars in global sports business, we recommend the establishment of a sports university with campuses and facilities located in areas peculiar to particular sports.“This institution, just like the Petroleum Training Institute, Law, Medical and Journalism schools will refine the raw sports talents abound in our land for a guaranteed market besides putting our youths off vices”.The president decried members of the association seeking financial assistance from the government or corporate bodies under various groups. He also banned the various groups operating independently away from the umbrella body at the congressAccording to him, “All forums and groups within SWAN are hereby banned while every members and officials of the association seeking assistance or support from the government, corporate bodies or individuals in the name of SWAN at all levels must henceforth seek clearance from the national secretariat”.Other elected national officers of the association include, Mr. Wale Alabi, (VP North West), Mr. Ado Salisu, (VP South East), Mr. Cajetan Nkwopara, (Financial Secretary), Mrs. Jibo Zakari, (VP South West), Mr. Ajayi Adeboyen (Treasurer), Mr. Abdulraheem Audu amongst others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Off Beat Woodlands fertile farms also produced elephants

first_imgWoodland plant breeders are being celebrated for growing some of the most dazzling and fragrant garden products in the world.Our “Weekend” section highlighted the 10th annual Woodland Tulip Festival, where visitors were delighted by acres of eye candy at Holland America Bulb Farm.Not far away, the sweet-scented legacy of a pioneering plant breeder was celebrated when Lilac Days opened at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.Interestingly enough, a quite different product of a Woodland breeder was in the regional spotlight the previous weekend. There was nothing about the focus of that celebration that was as light as a fragrance or fragile as a blossom. We’re talking about Packy the elephant.Packy was born April 15, 1962, at the Oregon Zoo. But when Columbian reporter Eric Florip wrote about Packy’s 50th birthday party a week ago, he noted that the elephant was bred in Woodland.And that was a reminder of a 2006 item in this space, when we looked back on the breeding operation that produced Packy.H. Morgan Berry raised zoo and circus animals on a 76-acre farm outside Woodland.In 1979, Berry was found dead inside an elephant pen on his farm, according to a story in The Columbian’s files. (“We are assuming the elephant mauled him,” the coroner said a few days later).Another elephant took off from the farm the night Berry died. Thai, a four-ton bull, was tracked down the next day.But a posse of deputies, neighbors and animal handlers from the Seattle and Portland zoos couldn’t herd Thai home, The Columbian reported.Finally, all tuckered out from the chase, Thai plopped right down on a county road and took an afternoon nap. So did several of his pursuers.last_img read more