A 24-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to life for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl.
On January 8, the victim, a resident of Panchantatra Co-Operative Housing Society at Chembur went missing after she had stepped out to buy shampoo.
The next day, her body was found in a sack in the same area. After the police reached the spot and were conducting initial examinations, they saw an overenthusiastic youth who was readily helping them.
This activity of Nagesh Gollap made him the key suspect and after a thorough interrogation, he confessed to the crime.
Police said that Gollap lured the girl into the ground floor flat of the building and raped the girl. After raping her Gollap beat her to death with a rod.
In the court, public prosecutor Nelima Kasture examined 12 witnesses, including the neighbour and the magistrate before whom Gollap had confessed his crime.
Ghollap, in his confession, had said the owner of the flat, one Anil Singh, had gone to his native place on January 5. Gollap was watching an erotic movie on January 8 and when he saw the victim coming he ‘could not control his sexual urge and raped the girl’.
Even the medical evidence provided by the doctor corroborated the prosecutions case.
“We have filed an application seeking compensation for the victim’s family from the victim’s compensations fund. This is first such application made in the state seeking compensation,” said advocate Rajendra Javanjal, who appeared for the victim’s family.
The victim’s mother Lakshmi said she is not satisfied with the quantum of punishment and would approach the Bombay High Court seeking death sentence for Gollap.