MUMBAI: Observing that the conduct of the accused was doubtful as he ran away after the commission of crime, the Bombay High Court has upheld the life sentence of a man who killed his wife.

A division bench headed by Justice Vijaya Tahilramani was hearing an appeal filed by a Nashik-based accused, convicted for killing his wife by lower court. According to the prosecution case, the accused Sitaram Jhopale and the deceased Bharti were married fifteen years ago. They had three kids. The accused was jobless. He had a piece of land but he was not cultivating it. Hence Bharati, used to call her father to help her in cultivation of the land. Bharati used to tell her father that her husband used to ill-treat her and would assault her with shoes and also threaten her. On July 7, 2005 the accused assaulted his wife Bharati with an axe on the neck and caused her death. At that time his kids and Bharti’s father were sleeping.

Immediately, after the commission of crime the accused ran away. Charges were framed against him under section 302 of the Indian penal code. The lower court convicted him and awarded life sentence. Subsequently, he preferred an appeal before the high court, challenging conviction and life sentence. The high court, while upholding the sentence observed that conduct of the accused of running away immediately after the incident shows his guilt.

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