SHC commutes death sentence to former cop to life imprisonment

February 7, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday commuted death sentence of a former police constable for killing his wife to life imprisonment. A division bench headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai announced the verdict on appeal of Muhammad Aslam, who moved the court against his death sentence awarded to him by a district and sessions court for killing his wife.

The additional district and sessions judge South had awarded capital punishment to Mohammad Aslam and five-year rigorous imprisonment each to his two brothers, Mohammad Ashraf and Mansoor for helping him in commission of offence.

The former police constable had killed his wife, Naheed, with the connivance of his brothers on June 7, 2000. According to the prosecution, police found a two-day-old body of a woman in a locked house in Kalri police limits on June 9, 2000.

The victim was identified as Naheed and her father Faqeer Mohammad lodged an FIR at Kalri police station against his son-in-law, Aslam, and his two brothers, who were also living in the same house, for murdering his daughter.

On June 14, 2000 Aslam and his two brothers surrendered themselves to police.

The bench observed that the analysis of evidence would lead to no other result except holding that appellant Aslam is guilty of killing his wife and prosecution proved the case against him. Though, it said that so far the quantum of sentence is concerned, the motive as alleged in the case was not successfully proved. The bench commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.

The court also set aside the 5-year punishment awarded to his two brothers, Mohammad Ashraf and Mansoor.