`Pleading guilty alone no key to a lesser sentence
New Delhi: Merely pleading guilty of one`s crime is no surety for a lesser sentence, a Delhi court has said, while jailing a youth for a year and a half for robbing a woman of her gold chain.
"A convict cannot expect a lesser sentence only because he pleads guilty," said Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Gogne, while sentencing East Delhi resident James for snatching a gold chain weighing two tolas (around 20 gms) from one Pushpa in Kalyanpuri area after assaulting her in September 2007.
"It is noted that the convict did not plead guilty when charge was framed. The plea seems to have been motivated by the express identification of the convict by the complainant during her deposition," the court said.
"The offences in question do not get diminished in severity only because the convict has now pleaded guilty. A suitable sentence of imprisonment is called for in order (for it) to act as a deterrent," the magistrate said.
The counsel for the convict had prayed for leniency for James, saying he had voluntarily pleaded guilty and had sought that his sentences be limited to a jail term for six months and a half, already undergone by him during trial.
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