Lahore: LHC accepts self-defence plea in murder case
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon accepted a plea of self–defence and acquitted a citizen of murder charges, setting aside the sentence of life imprisonment by a sessions judge. The judge ruled that the defendant, Ghafoor, had seen the deceased, Muhammad Afzal, severely injure two of his relatives, adding that the right of self–defence was applicable to the case under Section 100 of the Pakistan Penal Code. Justice Bhoon said that the right of self–defence was applicable when the defendant has the apprehension of immediate bodily harm and continues to act until the danger is over, adding that it was not necessary that the defendant receives any injuries.
The prosecution had alleged that Ghafoor and his accomplices had killed the deceased over a property dispute, and the deceased had injured the defendant’s relatives to save his life. The defence had claimed that the deceased had attacked his son-in-law and another relative and Ghafoor had acted to save their lives.
A Sialkot sessions judge had sentenced the defendant to life imprisonment and a compensation of Rs 25,000 to the heirs of the deceased.