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Domestic help convicted of killing 65-year-old woman with scissors

The accused,Akhileesh Paswan,a resident of Bihar,was convicted for murder and issuing threats by the court on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: April 6, 2013 2:08:49 am

District and Sessions Judge,Anita Chaudhary,on Friday convicted a youth for the murder of a 65-year-old woman in the city who was brutally killed by him with scissors. The accused had alleged that while he was working as domestic help at her house the woman used to harass and abuse him due to which he killed her.

The accused,Akhileesh Paswan,a resident of Bihar,was convicted for murder and issuing threats by the court on Friday.

The police had booked Paswan in the killing of a woman,Shanti Devi,on August 21,2010. The woman was killed at her Sector 12 residence and her daughter-in-law,Sunita and her two grand-daughters,Pratibha and Garima were injured as they tried to prevent the accused from killing the woman.

According to the police case,as Sunita and her two daughters were returning from the market,they noticed that Shanti Devi was being dragged by the accused from the bedroom to the bathroom after being attacked with the scissors.

As they tried to rescue her they were also injured in the attack. In the struggle,Pratibha received grievous injuries at PGI where she was operated upon,while Sunita and her other daughter only received minor injuries.

Following the murder,the accused had fled from the spot and was later arrested from Gaya district in Bihar. The accused had killed Shanti Devi with a pair of scissors when she was alone at home and the post mortem had revealed multiple injury marks.

Panchkula Police had stated that the motive was that Akhileesh,who was working as a domestic servant,had got annoyed with the old woman as she had been abusing him. However,the family had denied any harassment.

The complainant in the case,Sunita Devi,had said that the servant was well looked after,adding that the allegations that he was scolded were baseless. The defence had taken the plea before the court that a police case was baseless as a bag of clothes that had been recovered from a park in Sector 12 and was alleged to have been belonged to the accused could not have been left by him at the place as the police had built a case that he had fled from the spot.

“The police story in the case was that the accused,after committing the murder,had fled from the spot and had in fact gone into hiding before he was arrested from Bihar. The evidence had no valid substance that the blood-spoiled clothes of the man were recovered as he had fled from the spot,” the Defence noted.

The accused had also pleaded that at the time of the crime he was a minor which was turned down by the court after medical reports had not supported the defence plea in the case.

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