PESHAWAR: The prime suspect in the rape and murder of a minor girl in Mardan was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday by an anti-terrorism court.
After three months court proceedings, the single-bench chaired by Judge Younas Khan also imposed a fine of Rs1 million.
The 15-year-old accused, Mohammad Nabi, was arrested by Mardan police for raping and killing four-year-old Asma. Nabi, who is a relative of the victim, confessed to the crime during the investigation.
Addressing the media after the verdict was announced, DPO Mardan Wahid Mehmood said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police had provided necessary evidence to convict the suspect.
Asma went missing earlier in January, her body was recovered from sugarcane fields a few days later. A case was lodged and evidence collected from the scene was sent to Lahore to investigate if the minor was raped.
The evidence confirmed that the four-year-old girl had been raped upon which police started a hunt to arrest culprits behind the brutal killing. Mardan Police questioned over 150 people and sent DNA samples to Lahore.
Watch Mardan Police officials briefing media on the situation: