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Attendant gets life term for killing wife of comatose man

In September 2011,police found a 65-year-old retired headmistress lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room of her Kalkaji residence.

In September 2011,police found a 65-year-old retired headmistress lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room of her Kalkaji residence.

The woman,Vijay Nindra,lay between the centre table and sofa,with her throat slit and her dentures on the floor,while her comatose husband lay in the next room oblivious to the fact that his attendant had murdered his wife.

On Monday,a city court sentenced,Deepak Devnath,the attendant responsible for her death to life imprisonment,observing “there is no chance for his reformation”.

The couple had employed two attendants for the husband. Mukesh and Deepak used to attend to the woman’s comatose husband in 12-hour shifts. According to police,Deepak,a resident of Silchar,Assam,used a knife to slit the lady’s throat and after the murder,hid it in their kitchen.

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Later,he assisted the police in recovering the murder weapon. The forensic reports established that the knife and Deepak’s t-shirt bore blood stains of the elderly woman. Based on the DNA evidence,the judge convicted Deepak on September 27 and on Monday sentenced him to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

Deepak told the court that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the other helps employed in the household.

The defence also pointed out that the prosecution had not been able to produce any motive behind the cold-blooded murder.

“No doubt motive is an ingredient of an offence but it is not always necessary to be proved on record particularly when there is other evidence enough to prove the crime. I have no hesitation in convicting the accused even if prosecution failed to prove the motive on part of accused in the case,” Additional Sessions Judge Rajinder Shastri observed,while pronouncing the verdict in the case.