Life sentence for 44-year-old Pune man who killed mother, wife and daughter in 2014

RN Sardesai, special judge, also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the convict, Sagar Madhav Gaikwad, a resident of Jambhulkarmala, Fatimanagar. Police said that he was debt ridden, and after killing his family members, he had also tried to commit suicide, but gave up the plan.  

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2018 17:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Life sentence,Pune man,killed mother
 Assistant public prosecutor Rajesh Kavediya examined 16 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused.(REUTERS/ REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

A 44-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment (till death) for killing his mother, wife and eight-year-old daughter in 2014, after feeding them sleeping pills and then, strangling them.

RN Sardesai, special judge, also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on the convict, Sagar Madhav Gaikwad, a resident of Jambhulkarmala, Fatimanagar. Police said that he was debt ridden, and after killing his family members, he had also tried to commit suicide, but gave up the plan.

Around 9 am on April 9, 2014, Gaikwad had walked into Wanowrie police station and confessed of committing the crime. The deceased persons were his mother Shakuntla Madhav Gaikwad (60), wife Kavita Sagar Gaikwad (34) and daughter Ishita Sagar Gaikwad.

Assistant public prosecutor Rajesh Kavediya examined 16 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. The testimony of his friend, with whom he had shared the crime details, and who had dropped him to the police station, proved vital. Police had also seized a computer and forensic analysis had revealed that he had searched for ways of committing suicide for three days.

According to police, Sagar, a Class XII pass-out, has worked with private companies in the past. However, he was jobless for two years before the incident. The family’s expenses were met by Kavita’s earnings, who taught at the Rosary School. He had taken a loan of Rs 6 lakh from a cooperative bank, of which Rs 4.5 lakh was due, and had also invested in the stock market. He had also taken a loan of Rs 1.9 lakh from Ravi Pawar, a Hadapsar-based moneylender, at a 15 per cent interest rate.

On April 8, around 3 pm, he strangled his daughter, two hours later, he did the same to his mother, and around 6 pm, he killed his wife. He then spent the night with the three corpses and on the next day, approached police.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 16:59 IST