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5-yr-old’s testimony nails man for wife’s murder

The testimony of a five-year-old child came in handy for proving the crime of his father who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for burning alive the boy's mother a year ago.

delhi Updated: Dec 18, 2010 01:23 IST
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The testimony of a five-year-old child came in handy for proving the crime of his father who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for burning alive the boy's mother a year ago. The testimony of the boy, who was present in the room where his father had set his mother ablaze, was also corroborated by the dying declaration of the victim.

"The five-year-old child deposed in the court that accused Babu had burnt his mother by pouring kerosene oil and lighting match sticks and he (Babu) also used to beat his mother after taking daru (liquor)," said Additional Sessions Judge Savita Rao referring to the child's deposition against his father.

The court turned down the plea of the father that statement of his son cannot be relied upon as he is of tender age and might have been tutored by his in-laws to depose against him.