Karachi: Judgment reserved in woman`s murder case
KARACHI: An additional district and sessions judge (south) on Saturday recorded final arguments from both sides in the murder case of a woman and reserved his judgment till January 21. Mohammad Haroon has been charged with killing his wife, Sadia, in March 2006. The prosecution said the accused was a gambler. It further said he used to send his wife to her parents` house to bring money. On March 10, 2006 he set her on fire in their house in Mithadar when she refused to go. The victim was shifted to hospital in a critical condition. However, she succumbed to injuries on March 12, the prosecution added. The police arrested the man a couple of days after the incident.
A case (FIR 54/06) was registered under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Mithadar police station on the compliant of the victim`s father, Mohammad Sadiq. The prosecution produced nine witnesses in court.
In his final arguments, public prosecutor Abdul Maroof said that the accused was nominated in the FIR and his seven–year–old daughter, who was an eyewitness, said in her statement that her father had set her mother on fire.
He further submitted that the victim on her deathbed in hospital on March 11 stated that her husband had set her on fire.
He said that the police had also recovered a bottle of kerosene from the crime scene and stains of kerosene were also found on the clothes of the accused.
He contended that the prosecution had successfully proved its case and pleaded that the death penalty be awarded to the accused.
The defence counsel said that his client had been implicated in the case and the prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence in order to prove their case against the accused. The defence pleaded for the acquittal of his client.
Justice Nizar Ali Khawaja reserved his verdict after the completion of final arguments from both sides.