Youth gets life sentence for murder of neighbour

Youth gets life sentence for murder of neighbour

A 23-year-old student was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment for brutally murdering his neighbour over a trivial issue, by the Principal District and Sessions Judge Kadlur Sathyanarayanacharya on Tuesday.

Chandrashekar P, a first year BBM student in a college at Ujire, often used to feed stray dogs and cats near his rented house at Santhekatte in Belthangady. His neighbour Thimmappa Poojary, 58, who was a lineman with BSNL, however, had objected to this, as he was forced to clean the poop of the animals near his compound.

On the evening of June 2, 2017, Poojary stepped out of his house to buy ice cream for his two young children. Chandrashekar, who had been waiting at the end of the street, attacked Poojary repeatedly with a sword. He even flashed the sword at Poojary’s wife Champavathi and the children, who rushed to the help of Poojary.

Post mortem reports revealed that 21 injuries had been inflicted on Poojary’s body.

Belthangady Inspector Krishnaiah V, based on a complaint from Champavathi registered a murder case and subsequently filed a chargesheet in the court.

During trial, the report from Bengaluru-based Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) had revealed that the blood stains on the weapon and Chandrashekhar’s shirt had matched with the blood of the victim. The statement of the two children, recorded by the magistrate, under Section 164 of the Crpc and statements of the 23 witnesses all helped in establishing that Chandrashekar had murdered Poojary.

Principal District and Sessions Judge Kadlur Sathyanarayanacharya upheld the arguments of Public Prosecutor Kudriya Pushparaj Adyanthaya and sentenced Chandrashekar to rigorous imprisonment for life.

He also directed the District Legal Services Authority to consider Poojary’s family as being eligible for victim compensation.