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A child rapist who was sentenced to 175 lashes for his sickening crimes collapsed less than half way through meaning he will have to endure the punishment again.
The warped predator, identified only as Roni, was rushed to hospital after being hit 52 times because medics feared the blood vessels in his back could burst. He was beaten with a rattan cane in front of a baying crowd in the Indonesian city of Badah Aceh.
Medics advised officials that he could bleed to death if they continued so the punishment was postponed.
He was treated in hospital and will have the remaining lashes when he has recovered.
The paedophile was convicted under the province's strict Sharia Laws.
He served six months in jail for which authorities reduced his sentence to 169 lashes – subtracting one for each month he was locked up.
A medic who was present as officials beat him described how he fell down as he was unable to cope with the pain after being hit hard 52 times.
They said: “When he was lashed 52 times, he was found on his right back there were heavy blisters, if he continued and was hit by the same beating, the blood vessels could burst and bleed.
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“It is better if we postpone it until the recovery is good and the convict can be punished again.”
Roni was whipped along with five people who were convicted of gambling. They each received eight lashes.
Banda Aceh is one of Indonesia’s most strict cities and the only one which is legally governed by Sharia Law. Officials also punish crimes of drinking, affairs and homosexual sex with the cane.
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