Karachi: Court awards life imprisonment to man in murder case
KARACHI: According to the Dawn News on Wednesday, a district and sessions court sentenced on Tuesday a man to life imprisonment in a murder case.
The court found Imran, son of Umed Ali, guilty of killing Haji Liaquat Hussain in January 2008 within the remit of the Gadap City police station.
The Malir district and sessions judge, Syed Kusar Ali Bukhari, who conducted the trial, pronounced the judgment after recording evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on the convict, stating that the convict would have to serve an additional two-year term in case of non-payment.
According to the verdict, the evidence of two eyewitnesses, Shafqat and Abdul Ghaffar, was convincing and they have fully implicated the accused in the commissioning of offence. They also had rightly identified him during their testimonies before the trial court.
The court observed that the police recovered a pistol on a lead given by the accused. The ballistic report stated that the spent bullet casings found at the crime-scene were fired from the same pistol, which was recovered on the information provided by the accused, and medical evidence also corroborated it.
The evidence of prosecution witnesses went unchallenged and no material contradiction had been brought on record in their testimonies, which could have benefited the accused, it added.
While the accused had argued that the complainant party being influential people of the area used to grab land and fallaciously implicated him in this case over a property dispute, the accused neither deposed on oath nor brought anything on record in order to prove his plea, the verdict said.
It concluded that the prosecution has successfully proved the charge against the accused for killing the victim beyond a shadow of a doubt.
According to the prosecution, the accused opened fire on Haji Liaquat Hussain near Gabol bus stop in Gadap on Jan 27, 2008. The wounded victim was shifted to hospital. A few days later, he died from his wounds. Police arrested the accused a couple of days after the incident and recovered the weapon used in the killing on a lead given by him.
A case (FIR 7/2008) was registered against the accused under Section 302 (punishment for qatl-i-amd) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the deceased’s brother. During the trial, the prosecution examined 10 witnesses in the case.
The court ruled that the accused was entitled to the benefit of Section 382-B (period of detention to be considered while awarding sentence of imprisonment) of the criminal procedure code. The judge sent the accused back to prison along with conviction warrant to serve out the remainder of his sentence.