Karachi: Man sentenced to death in girl’s murder case: Victim’s father to get compensation
KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday sentenced a man to death for kidnapping and killing an eight-year-old girl. The judge, Ghulam Ali Samtio of ATC-1, who conducted the trial, pronounced the verdict after recording final arguments of both sides. The court also imposed a Rs0.5 million fine on the convict, Tanveer Ahmed, and ordered confiscation of his properties to cover the fine. The convict would have to undergo an additional imprisonment of six months if he failed to pay the fine.
The judge also ordered the convict to pay Rs1 million to the complainant as compensation. According to the prosecution, Tanveer Ahmed had kidnapped Iqra, 8, on Feb 25, 2007 in the Pakistan Bazaar police limits when she was playing in front of her home. The accused, brother-in-law of the girl’s father, took her to his home and demanded a ransom of Rs500,000 from the victim’s father, Saleem.
Later, the prosecution said, the accused allegedly raped the girl. He then killed her and chopped her body into pieces. Police traced the accused through the calls he had made on the complainant’s cellular phone and arrested him on March 7, 2007. During the initial interrogation, the convict said he had buried different parts of the victim’s body in Saddar and Mochko areas. The police conducted raids on the specified locations and exhumed the body parts.
According to the judgment, “the prosecution has successfully proved that the accused had kidnapped the girl, kept her in illegal detention at his home and later killed her”. The judge, rejecting the report of the medico-legal officer, said “However, it was not proved that the deceased girl was raped.” Earlier, the defence counsel, Rana Qayyum, said in his final argument that the prosecution had failed to prove the involvement of his client in the case. He charged that the police had implicated his client and there were contradictions in the statements of the deceased’s parents and the medico-legal officer regarding the age of the girl.
He rejected the medial reports and said that the MLO had wrongly mentioned in the reports that the girl was sexually abused before being killed. He pleaded for the acquittal of his client. The special public prosecutor, Niamat Ali Randhawa, argued that the prosecution had successfully proved its case against the accused by producing ample evidence in court.
He submitted that the accused had led the police to the areas where he had buried the body parts of the deceased girl and the same were disinterred by the police on his information. He said that the prosecution had also produced two eyewitnesses, who had seen the accused with the headless body of the girl in Saddar area and both of them had also identified him in court.
He further argued that the accused had also voluntarily testified before a judicial magistrate and in trial courts. He said that minor contradictions in the statements of the witnesses regarding the age of the girl could not weaken the prosecution’s case.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.