Though she knew that two girls from Nehru Nagar had been raped and killed, she did not tell anyone that she had seen Javed Shaikh and a nine-year-old together until the girl's body was found on June 19, 2010, the eyewitness told the sessions court on Wednesday.
The police had arrested Shaikh, who was working with a local cable operator, on July 1, 2010, after his DNA matched with the sample found on the nine-year-old girl.
Shaikh was booked for murder, kidnap and raping a minor.
“During cross-examination, the eyewitness said that a fear psychosis had gripped the entire area after two girls’ bodies were found and people would question any stranger in the locality,” said defence lawyer Amin Solkar.
On February 9, 2010, a five-year-old girl's body was found near a building in the Vatsalatai Nagar area.
She had been raped. On March 7, 2010, a nine-year-old girl's body found on the terrace of a building at Nehru Nagar police quarters. She, too, was raped and strangled to death.
The eyewitness, a self-employed woman whose name has been withheld, told the court that on June 6, 2010, she had seen Shaikh and the nine-year-old enter the lane in Vatsalatai Nagar chawl, where the girl's body was found.
However, it was only on July 2, 2010, that she told this to the Nehru Nagar police when they approached her with the photograph of the victim.