Karachi: Man given life sentence in double murder case
KARACHI: A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in an honour killing case. Nizamuddin Chandio was found guilty of killing his wife, Waziran, and a man, Dost Ali, within the remit of the Korangi police station in May 2008. The additional district and sessions judge (east), Tariq Mahmood Khoso, who conducted the trial, pronounced the judgement after hearing both sides. The court awarded a double life sentence to the convict for murdering two persons and also imposed on him a fine of Rs50,000 for each crime, and in case of a default the convict would undergo an additional six-month imprisonment. The court also ruled that both sentences of the life imprisonment would run concurrently.
The court in its judgment observed that all witnesses had supported the version of the prosecution and the same was corroborated by the documentary evidence. The accused also recorded his confessional statement before a magistrate and admitted that he had killed the victims for what he described as “to save his honour” because he had suspected that they had illicit relations, it added. The court further ruled that the medical evidence shown that the cause of both the deaths was serious injuries to the heads with a hard or blunt instrument, adding that the report about bloodstained clothes of the accused also supported the case of the prosecution.
One of the prosecution witnesses also deposed that the accused with his accomplices committed the crime, but neither the accused named anyone in his confessional statement, nor did the investigating officer charge-sheet any other suspect, it observed.
The prosecution placed confidence-inspiring evidence before the court and proved its case against the accused beyond a shadow of a doubt, it concluded.
According to the prosecution, the accused killed his wife and a man on April 17 using a clock as a weapon after seeing them together in his home in Korangi on May 17, 2008.
The neighbours informed the police, who apprehended the suspect shortly after the incident, it added.
A case (FIR 400/08) was registered under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Korangi police station.
The accused was produced before court in custody and following the pronouncement of the order, the court extended the benefit of Section 382-B (period of detention to be considered while awarding sentence of imprisonment) of the Criminal Procedure Code to the convict and sent him back to prison with a conviction warrant to serve the remainder of his sentences.