Karachi: 4 convicted of robbery
KARACHI: A court on Monday convicted four men in a robbery case. The court sentenced Mohammad Hafeez, Ameer Hamza and Mohammad Faisal to four years in prison, while their fourth accomplice got three-year prison term for his lesser role in robbing a house within the remit of the Azizabad police station in September 2006.
Assistant Additional District and Sessions Judge (central) Ali Ahmed Jan pronounced his verdict after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs10,000 each and in case of non-payment of fine the convicts would have to undergo an additional three-month imprisonment.
According to the prosecution, on Sept 11, 2006 the accused broke into the house of complainant Ali Haider, held the family members hostage and deprived them of cash, jewellery and other valuables. The police arrested the accused in March 2007. The victim had identified them before the court of a judicial magistrate during the identification parade.
A case (FIR 197/06) was registered under Sections 395 (punishment for dacoity), 392 (punishment for robbery), 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The accused were on bail and following the pronouncement of the verdict they were taken into custody and sent to prison to serve out their sentences.