Petty criminal awarded life sentence for attempted robbery

September 17th, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Sep 17 (IANS) A local court awarded 14 years’ rigorous imprisonment to a 41-year-old habitual offender Wednesday for allegedly attempting to rob a 60-year-old woman.”The accused Venkateshan is known to have committed numerous robberies, burglaries and thefts and is a ceaseless danger to the society and deserves the maximum sentence,” sessions’ judge Savithri said in her pronouncement.

According to prosecutor I. Ibrahim, Venkateshan attempted to rob K. Annapoorani, 60, in a marriage hall situated in the northern suburbs here.

Venkateshan was also fined Rs.5000.

Following the pronouncement, Venkateshan was lodged in the high security Puzhal prison.

Speaking to IANS, inspector K. Arumugham who investigated the matter said: “Venkateshan was an incorrigible headache for the law and order machinery for a long time. Such stiff sentences will deter other hoodlums from taking to a career in crime.”

Human rights’ activists opined that the sentence was too harsh for an attempted robbery.

“The government, on the one hand, releases life convicts after completing seven years in prison while on the other, an ordinary felony is attracting a life sentence meant only for murders. This is sheer injustice because penal servitude is only meant to reform and not damn a person for almost an eternity,” T.S.S. Mani, a human rights’ activist told IANS.

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