Court upholds jail term for mobile thief, says misplaced
By Team Legistify / 2017-09-13

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A court here has refused to quash the jail term of a man who stole a person’s mobile phone after distracting him in heavy traffic, observing misplaced sympathy for the accused is harmful to criminal justice system.

Special Judge Rakesh Kumar upheld the sentence of convict Mohd Yusuf while dismissing his appeal against a magisterial court’s order sending him behind bars and imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 for the offence of theft. “The sentence must take into account the gravity of the offence and its nature otherwise it can seriously undermine the respect of court of law. Misplaced sympathy for accused is harmful to criminal judicial system,” the judge said.

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The court dismissed the convict’s appeal saying the complainant’s testimony was reliable and there was no reason from him falsely implicate Yusuf.“I am of the clear view that complainant witness is reliable and minor contradictions regarding the case are not fatal in such case.


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