Wednesday, December 19, 2018

HC confirms death sentence for rapist-killer

Printed from MUMBAI:
Oct 15, 2015, 01:21 IST

Bombay high court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of a Bhayandar resident for a heinous rape and murder of a six-year-old girl and confirmed a death sentence awarded by a trial court. The convict had throttled the child to death after raping and breaking her vertebrae bone in June 2010.A bench headed by the acting Chief Justice Vijaya Kapse-Tahilramani agreed with the public prosecutor, Prajakta Shinde, that it was a “cold-blooded crime so heinous that it merits death sentence as it falls in the rarest or rare category”.

The HC observed that the “rising crime wave” against women and children has to be tackled seriously and earnestly. A Thane sessions court had earlier this year convicted a 29-year-old labourer Prakash Kewat for being the rapist and murderer. Kewat who resided in a Bhayandar slum and worked in a company in Vasai had raped and throttled the child to death. The girl, had left her house at 9pm on June 11, 2010, and was found only the next day at 7am, naked, in a nallah, her body covered with bruises, her vertebra fractured. At first the police had registered a case of drowning. But investigation by investigating officer Deepak Devraj led to a proper FIR of rape and murder. The evidence in the case was clinching said Shinde. '

A house search showed blood-stained articles including cardboard box, tiles, pillow covers and his clothes, which matched the DNA and blood of the victim. Doctors deposed that the small body was covered with 15 injuries and her vertebra was fractured. Such injuries were not from a fall as the defence suggested.

Source: (Accessed on 19 December 2018)

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