Life term for man who killed step-son
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The life sentence awarded by a trial court to a man for killing his four-year-old step-son has been upheld by the Delhi High Court, which said the convict's motive was "not to keep" the child with him.
Dismissing the appeal filed by Hardayal Singh, a resident of Khayala in West Delhi, a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Siddharth Mridul said, "We do not find any infirmity in the judgement of conviction and order of sentence recorded by the trial judge and, accordingly, the appeal, being devoid of substance, stands dismissed."
"In the present case, motive behind the alleged crime has been set up to be the fact that the deceased was the step-son of the appellant and on account of that the appellant was not happy to keep the child with him," the court said.
The court relied upon the testimony of victim's mother who had complained to police that Singh was unhappy about her son, whose father is her first husband, staying with them.
In her statement, she said Singh used to beat her son and even asked her to send the child to her parents' house.
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