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Delhi court sets free HIV-positive robber

A Delhi court has set free an HIV-positive youth after convicting him on charges of committing robbery but setting off his sentence against a year-long jail term that he underwent while facing trial.

delhi Updated: May 09, 2011 00:43 IST

A Delhi court has set free an HIV-positive youth after convicting him on charges of committing robbery but setting off his sentence against a year-long jail term that he underwent while facing trial.

"In view of the facts and circumstances of the case, nature of the offence, antecedents and medical condition of the convict, I am inclined to take a lenient view," additional sessions judge Anju Bajaj Chandan said.

"Convict has already spent one year and three days in the custody.

"Therefore, he is sentenced to the period already undergone by him in custody," the judge said while ordering the authorities to set him free.

The court let off the HIV-positive man with mild punishment after the amicus curiae (appointed by the court to assist it in the trial) told it, "Convict is 25 years of age and is not a previous convict.

"He is HIV-positive and sole bread winner of his family consisting of mother and two younger sisters. He lost his father some years back."

The 25-year-old, a north Delhi resident, was arrested in November 2006 for robbing a mobile phone and some cash from a man in Sabzi Mandi area near Tis Hazari court.

He was also accused of assaulting the victim with fists and blows, leaving him unconscious.

The police arrested him after an FIR was lodged in the Sabzi Mandi police station.