Mangaluru, Feb 13, 2019: An alcoholic husband who stabbed his wife, who survived, for refusing him money to buy liquor, was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and slapped with a fine of Rs 16,000 by the first additional district and sessions court in city.
Ravi (44) of Hassan district, a resident of Permannur near Chembugudde used to pester his wife Rekha for money to buy liquor. Ravi’s drinking habit had cost him his job at a private hospital in Deralakatte. Rekha worked as a homeguard.
On July 7, 2017, night Rekha refused to give Ravi money to drink. This enraged him and he stabbed her in the stomach with a knife.
A profusely bleeding Rekha was shifted to hospital. She survived. A case was registered at the Ullal police station and then sub-inspector Prakash Kumar filed the charge sheet.
The trial : During the trial as many as 11 witnesses, including the victim’s daughter, mother-in-law and neighbour Yogish who witnessed the stabbing testified against Ravi. As many as 13 documents and three circumstantial pieces of evidence were examined.
The First Additional District and Sessions Judge Sharada B upheld the arguments of Public Prosecutor Raju Poojary Bannady and declared Ravi guilty under section IPC 307 (attempt to murder) and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment.
Ravi will undergo an additional year of imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine of Rs 10,000.
Ravi was sentenced to one year of imprisonment under section 504 (for intentionally insulting), 10 years and Rs 6,000 as a penalty under section 326 (causing grievous hurt), one-year imprisonment under section 506 of IPC.
All sentences will run concurrently the judge declared and directed the District Legal Services Authority to award a suitable compensation to the victim Rekha.