Crime & Court

Life Sentence for Man Who Tried to Kill His Girlfriend

Anil Chand was sentenced by High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza to a mandatory life sentence with a minimum term of eight years imprisonment before a pardon is considered.
04 Apr 2020 11:47
Life Sentence for Man Who Tried to Kill His Girlfriend

A 33-year-old man who was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for attempting to murder his girlfriend, still asked the judge if he could be released early for good behaviour.

Anil Chand was sentenced by High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza to a mandatory life sentence with a minimum term of eight years imprisonment before a pardon is considered.

He voluntarily pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted murder and assault causing actual bodily harm in January this year.

The incident happened in Vatuwaqa after the victim told the accused that she was no longer interested in being in a relationship with him. They had been dating for two years prior to that.

On July 25, 2018 the victim had returned from work and was laying on her bed when the accused entered her room, sat beside the bed and initiated a conversation.

When the conversation became heated, the accused took out a knife and stabbed his girlfriend on her right shoulder, back and the left side of her abdomen.

Her sister intervened and was also stabbed on her left shoulder.

The accused pulled his girlfriends hair and pushed her into a drain when she escaped out of the house.

In mitigation the accused submitted that he is separated from his wife and has an 11-year old son.

He is a first offender and showed remorse when he entered an early guilty plea.

Justice Hamza said offences committed in a domestic setting is serious because of the violation of trust between the accused and the victim.

He told the accused that he could not be released earlier then his eight years non-parole period because his charge is very serious and he is fortunate the victim survived the attack.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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