'Unintentional murder': court sentences man to 5 years imprisonment

The fourth Additional District and Sessions Court has sentenced a man to five years of imprisonment. The court declared the murder of a woman by the accused at Kotekar Beeri in 2016 as an "unintentional murder".

The accused is Muthappa alias Muthu (23), a resident of Halageri in Badami taluk of Bagalkote. He had murdered Shobha (26) of Haveri, who was staying with him at Koetkar Beeri.

The deceased, Shobha, was married to Mahanthesh. After the death of her husband, she came in contact with Muthu who was working as a construction labourer and the duo started staying together.

After a few months, Muthu started suspecting Shobha and they fought frequently over the issue.

In a fit of rage, he allegedly banged Shobha's head against the wall on February 7, 2016. She later succumbed to her injuries. On February 8, he took the body and threw it in a bush nearby and informed the neighbours that Shobha had gone to her native place.

On February 10, a decomposed body was found. Suspecting Muthu, the local residents informed the police, who later took him into custody.

As many as 18 persons had deposed before the court. After hearing the witnesses, judge Nerale Veerabhadrayya Bhavani declared it as "unintentional murder". Muthu was asked to undergo five years of imprisonment for murdering the woman and six months of imprisonment for destroying evidence.

The court also directed district legal services authority to initiate measures to distribute compensation for the parents of the victim.

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