Three days after convicting a security guard in the murder case of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha, a sessions court in Mumbai is slated to announce the quantum of sentence on Thursday.
Nearly two years after 25-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was murdered at her Wadala flat, a sessions court Monday convicted the security guard of her housing complex, Sajjad Mughal alias Sajjad Pathan, for her murder on August 9, 2012.
Convicting Mughal, Sessions Judge Vrushali Joshi said, “A case of murder, molestation and criminal trespass has been proved against you,” following which the accused silently nodded.
The accused killed Pallavi on August 9, 2012 when she resisted his advances.
Prosecution has examined 40 witnesses while the defence examined three in the case.
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The Crime Branch had filed a 434-page charge sheet on October 30, 2012 against Mughal charging him with trespass and murder.
Reacting to the verdict, Pallavi’s family had demanded death for Mughal.
Victim’s father Atanu said, “Two families have been devastated. Death and nothing less than death (should be given)…A positive message will go in the society if death is given.”
Seconding the demand for death penalty, Pallavi’s mother Sumita, Director General with the Ministry of Telecommunication, said, “For two years, my and Avik’s family have gone through a lot of trauma. I have lost my daughter and would be son-in law.”