Accused in Asma rape, murder case sentenced to life imprisonment

Published: July 9, 2018
Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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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.

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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:

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Azher
    Jul 9, 2018 - 1:41PM

    This person should have been hangedRecommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jul 9, 2018 - 2:11PM

    He murdered a minor after rape, yet he was given a life sentences instead of capital punishment. This way, he can be pardoned by the President any time. He should be publicly hanged, so that it serves as a deterrence for others. Recommend

  • Arshad
    Jul 9, 2018 - 6:55PM

    Hope the prosecution department will appeal against the verdict before high court for capital punishment! Recommend

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