Court frees man accused of killing wife

An unemployed youth, accused of battering his wife with a heavy kitchen utensil and then shooting her dead, has been set free by a Delhi court.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2011, 18:19 PM IST

New Delhi: An unemployed youth, accused
of battering his wife with a heavy kitchen utensil and then
shooting her dead, has been set free by a Delhi court as key
prosecution witnesses including the victim`s family members
turned hostile.

Additional Sessions Judge Gurdeep Singh acquitted
East Delhi resident Sunil despite the fact that he himself
disclosed to the police the alleged sequence of events that
led to the murder and also helped investigators recover the
pistol used in the crime.

The court, however, acquitted him as he pleaded not
guilty and claimed trial during which the victim`s family
members turned hostile and retracted their allegations against
him.

"The witnesses, including the brother and father of
the deceased, have categorically denied their statements (to
police). There is no other evidence left on record to connect
the accused from the present case except recovery of country
made pistol and cartridge effected at his instance," the ASJ
said, acquitting the accused.

The victim`s brother Naresh had earlier told the
police in his complaint that his father had received a call
from his sister on the night of September 9, 2010 who told him
that her husband was threatening to kill her.

PTI