A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing a guard working in a book depot here three years ago.
"On consideration of testimony of witnesses, I find no justification to discredit, disbelieve or reject the same. The witnesses have remained natural and trustworthy in their deposition and no infirmities have been found," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Anju Bajaj Chandna said.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on Shamim after holding him guilty for the offences under section 302 (murder) and 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The court also took into account the forensic reports which corroborated that accused persons Shamim and Anzar (facing trial in juvenile court) were present at the scene of occurrence on August 25,2007. The accused, however, contended that he was not in Delhi and had gone to Sahibabad after taking leave for two days from August 24.
The court also relied on the deposition of Mohd Aziz, a tea vendor having tea shop near the book depot, who said that the accused were seen in the company of Ashraf (victim) shortly before the occurrence of the murder. "I find no reason to disbelieve Aziz. He is natural and probable witness of the circumstance of last seen as stated by him. It is established that Shamim was with victim on that night and victim was last seen alive with him," it said.
Accused were apprehended near Sahibabad railway station and were found in possession of the cash, watch and mobile phone of the victim.
Ashraf, working as guard, was found dead at the book depot on August 25 by Mobin Khan following which he lodged complaint at Chandni Mahal police station.
Prosecution examined 20 witnesses to prove its case.