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Friday, July 3, 2015

Kolkota - Death sentence to husband for murdering wife

Press Trust of India | Kolkata 
June 11, 2015 Last Updated at 18:22 IST

A man was today awarded death sentence for mudering his wife and their maid at their residence in the city about five years ago by hiring a contract killer. 

The contract killer Somnath Tanti was awarded life imprisonment by the Alipore Judges Court. 

Judge Siddhartha Kanjilal, delivering the judgement, said it was a rarest of the rare case as the the two little children of the couple Abhik Ghosh and Moushumi Ghosh were deprived of their mother's love at an early age when needed most and the murder was pre-planned. 

The judge said that he had no other option but to pass the death sentence against the accused. 

To Ghosh's repeated pleadings before the judge that he did not commit the crime, the judge said that the court had enough evidence to come to the conclusion that he had planned the murder of both the persons. 

The same court had held Ghosh and Tanti guilty two days back. 

Ghosh had a dispute with his wife and he had hired a contract killer to murder her. The maid was killed as she was a witness to the incident.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/death-sentence-to-husband-for-murdering-wife-115061100930_1.html [last accessed 03.07.2015]

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