Pune techie's gangrape, murder: Three get death sentence

The trio were on Monday pronounced guilty by the court in the eight year old case.  

Published: 09th May 2017 06:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2017 09:26 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

MUMBAI: All three convicts in software engineer Nayana Pujari’s gang rape and murder case were on Tuesday sentenced to death by a Pune court on Tuesday. The trio were on Monday pronounced guilty by the court in the eight year old case.  
 
“All the three accused, Yogesh Raut, Mahesh Thakur and Vishwas Kadam shall be hanged by the neck till they are dead,” said Additional sessions judge L L Yenkar.
 
“Considering the facts and circumstances, the inhuman conduct of the accused, the fact that the murder was committed in a brutal, gruesome, diabolical and beastly manner, the innocence and helpless condition of the victim and the impact of the crime on society and the community at large, I have no hesitation to hold that the case comes within the rarest of rare concept,” the judge said.
 
The trio was also sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment for the offence of gang-rape, seven years rigorous imprisonment for kidnapping a woman and robbery with intent to commit murder, and another two years for misappropriation of belongings of the deceased at the time of her death.
 
“Considering the sequence of events, right from the stage when the victim was abducted till her murder in a cruel manner, if the accused are allowed to live they would be a menace to the society. The accused must be punished adequately for their wild act,” Yenkar added.
 
Approver Rajesh Chaudhary, fourth accused in the case, was released for cooperating with the investigating agency and for having met all the conditions of pardon granted by the court.
 
The convicts, earlier on Tuesday, had pleaded against the quantum of punishment and also demanded that  Rajesh Chaudhary too be treated as accused, considering his involvement in the crime.
 
However, the court ruled out the contentions to be irrelevant and said that they cannot tilt the balance in favour of the accused.

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