A woman’s testimony convicted her 53-year-old son who killed his younger brother in 2008 in a scuffle.
Sentencing a man, Subhash, to life imprisonment, additional sessions judge Nisha Saxena noted that a mother will not incriminate one son for the murder of her other offspring.
The judge said, "The mother of the deceased and the accused is most unlikely to implicate her own son for the murder of another son, as thereby she would lose both her sons and therefore, her testimony is totally trustworthy."
Subhash, who was a heavy drinker, and his younger brother Rajinder lived with their mother Ram Dulari. Rajinder, a bus conductor, was the bread-winner of the family.
According to the prosecution, the two brothers fought on July 15, 2008, after Rajinder refused to give Subhash any money. In a fit of anger, Subhash pushed Rajinder, whose head struck the corner of a staircase. Still Subhash kept hitting his brother with a club and a broken brick. He stopped only when Dulari intervened and then fled the spot.
"Besides, there were at least 16 injuries on vital organs including scalp and temple which were together sufficient to cause death. The force used to cause them proves the intention of the accused to cause them," Saxena said.
After looking at the evidence, the judge refused to be lenient and said that the convict used so much force that it caused the victim’s skull to fracture.