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Life In Jail For Merciless Mother On Crutches

A 45-year-old mother, who mercilessly beat her 14-year-old daughter to death, has been sentenced to life in jail yesterday by the High Court in Lautoka. Sundar Kaur, who appeared before
04 Jun 2016 11:56
Life In Jail For Merciless Mother On Crutches
Geeta Devi (left), and Sundar Kaur (on crutches), have been sentenced for the murder of Sanjani Lata, 14.

A 45-year-old mother, who mercilessly beat her 14-year-old daughter to death, has been sentenced to life in jail yesterday by the High Court in Lautoka.

Sundar Kaur, who appeared before Justice Aruna Aluthge, pleaded guilty to the murder charge of her daughter, Sanjani Lata.

Justice Aluthge told Kaur that she subjected her daughter to prolonged brutality and suffering after repeatedly strucking her with an aluminum pipe while her legs and hands were tied to restrict her movements.

The accused was also told that she breached the trust as a mother and exploited the vulnerability of her daughter while she was utterly helpless.

The court heard that on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in Kulukulu, Sigatoka, Kaur bound her daughter’s hands with a blue cloth tied to a wooden rafter attached to the tin roof above a bed in attempt to discipline her. She also bound her daughter’s legs with a rope tied to the edge of a bed before repeatedly beating the lower half of her body with an aluminum pipe which was used as a mop stick.

The court also heard that Kaur continued to beat her daughter with the aluminum pipe despite knowing that the action would cause death.

The accused, with the assistance of her accomplice (deceased’s sister-in-law), then carried the deceased to the bathroom after being beaten for some time. They attempted to make her drink water but she remained motionless and was not breathing.

They then wrapped the body of the deceased in a thin sponge comforter and then burnt it in an old tyre with firewood and coconut shells.

The remains of Sanjani’s body were then collected and placed in a septic tank behind their home.

Justice Aluthge said the offence of murder was the most heinous crime known to the penal law and lawmakers had prescribed a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment for those found guilty.

Kaur, who has been remanded since November 19, 2015, will serve 14 years before parole will be considered.

The second-accused, Geeta Devi, 28, (deceased’s sister-in-law) was sentenced to 16 months in jail with a non-parole period of 10 months for giving false information to a public servant.

The court heard that on November 1, 2015 at around 1.30pm the accused together with Mohammed Faizal Ali lodged a report to a special constable at the Kulukulu Police Community Post that one Sanjani Lata was missing from home.

The court also heard that on their way back from the Police post, Devi admitted to Mr Ali that the information she gave the special constable was false.

The Police then received information about the incident and investigated.

Justice Aluthge ruled for Devi’s sentence not to be suspended as she committed the offence to conceal the murder of her own sister-in-law.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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