Dan­ish woman gan­grape: Delhi HC up­holds life term till death

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Mon­day up­held the sen­tence of life im­pris­on­ment till death given to five con­victs for gan­grap­ing a 52-year-old Dan­ish woman here in 2014.

The high court dis­missed the ap­peal of the con­victs chal­leng­ing their con­vic­tion and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016.

A bench of Jus­tices S Mu­ralid­har and I S Mehta said the tes­ti­mony of the vic­tim and the DNA re­port, which was a clinch­ing piece of ev­i­dence, have nailed the guilt of the con­victs.

The bench, how­ever, pulled up the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer of the case for not con­duct­ing a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The high court, mean­while, re­jected the tes­ti­mony of an eye­wit­ness given in the trial court, claim­ing to have seen the ac­cused per­sons com­mit­ting the crime with the vic­tim, say­ing he could not be ac­cepted as a nat­u­ral wit­ness.

"In view of the vic­tim's ev­i­dence, cor­rob­o­rated by the DNA re­port, this court his sat­is­fied that the con­clu­sion of the trial court on the guilt of the ac­cused is cor­rect. Ac­cord­ingly, the ap­peals are dis­missed," the bench said.

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