Relying on circumstantial evidence, the Bombay High Court has upheld life sentence of a man convicted for the rape and murder of his neighbour's five-year-old daughter.
Though there was no eyewitness, the chain of circumstances was enough to bear out the guilt of Ramdhyan Vishwakarma (35), the accused, the court said earlier this week.
The incident took place in May 1998. The girl went missing from her house in suburban Malad and was found dead outside the neighbouring house of Vishwakarma.
Her mouth and nose were stuffed with sand. Post-mortem reports revealed that she had been raped and had died of asphyxiation due to the presence of sand in mouth and nose.
Vishwakarma was soon arrested by the police. He took the defence that he had gone to his village in Uttar Pradesh ten days before the incident.
But sessions court convicted him for rape and murder and awarded life imprisonment.
Division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and RY Ganoo upheld the lower court's ruling.