Panaji: A North Goa court has sentenced Vijay Karbotkar to life imprisonment and has also fined him Rs one lakh for the murder of Lavu Parsekar at Porvorim in 2013.
The court had acquitted the first accused in the case, Shailesh Naik, under Section 302 for murder read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) but convicted him under Section 323 for voluntarily causing hurt back in the year 2018.
“Taking into consideration the evidence of the witnesses, coupled with the medical evidence and the attending circumstances (that the deceased was stabbed on the vital parts of his body, that is, abdomen, and also that there was not only one injury caused due to stabbing but around four other stab injuries), the complicity of Vijay Karbotkar, in causing the death of Lavu has been established by the prosecution and the prosecution has led convincing evidence to show that the offence is one under Section 302 of the said code,” additional sessions judge, Mapusa, Sherin Paul said.
Public prosecutor A Talaulikar sought the maximum sentence and produced a list of criminal cases that are either registered or pending against the accused. She also submitted that the accused absconded on three occasions during the course of the trial.
After a lower court in August 2015 ordered charges to be framed against both the accused for culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 II), the high court allowed the state to challenge it through a revision petition.
The high court thereafter directed that murder charges under Section 302 read with Section 34 be framed against both the accused.




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