KARACHI: A sessions court sentenced on Tuesday an under-trial prisoner to nine years imprisonment after he confessed to killing another inmate during a fight over a petty dispute inside the jail.
The accused, Muhammad Ahmed, admitted that he killed another inmate, Basharat, in 2012 inside the Central Jail, Karachi where he was incarcerated on robbery and illicit weapons charges in November 2008. The court also imposed a fine of Rs5,000 on him. The convict will have to spend extra six months in jail on non-payment of the fine.
The additional district and sessions judge, Sikandar Ameer Pahore, who presides over a court at the Judicial Complex inside the jail, awarded the accused nine years imprisonment following his confession.
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The judge, however, extended to the accused the benefit under the Code of Criminal Procedure that the time he has already spent in prison will be counted in the sentence given to him.
According to a court staffer, the accused has spent nine years, nine months and three days inside the jail since his formal remanding in the murder case. Therefore, technically he has already completed his term.
Ahmed was initially arrested by the Gulshan-e-Maymar police and was subsequently booked under charges of committing an armed robbery and possessing an unlicensed weapon. Later, he was booked under murder charges at the New Town police station after he killed another inmate inside the jail.