The tailor, who murdered his wife and two sons and tried to kill his daughter with a pair of scissors without any provocation, deserves the death penalty, the Bombay High Court observed.
Confirming the death sentence imposed on Beed resident, Sunil Gaikwad, 35, by the local sessions judge in May 2009, the Aurangabad bench of the high court observed, “A crime of this magnitude shocks the collective conscience of society. We have no hesitation confirming the death sentence awarded by the trial court.”
Gaikwad’s daughter, who received 15 injuries, told the trial court how her father took her in his lap, gave her a glass of water and then tried to smother her with a pillow and stabbed her repeatedly with a pair of scissors.
Additional public prosecutor KB Chaudhari said that on July 8, 2008, Gaikwad went to the police station at Georai in Beed and confessed to killing his wife, Sangita, two sons and injuring his daughter. Gaikwad even showed the police where he had hidden the scissors.
However, he pleaded not guilty before the Sessions court.
Gaikwad’s daughter had told the trial court that her father had said, “All of you need to go and I will follow you.” The motive behind the murders has still not been established. “There is no evidence to indicate that the accused had committed this crime in frustration. The accused (Gaikwad) obviously did not show remorse for the heinous crime..,” observed the division bench of justices PV Hardas and AV Potdar.