A Dhaka tribunal yesterday sentenced two house helps to death in a case filed over the killing of former principal of Eden Mohila College Mahfuza Chowdhury Parvin in February last year.
Judge Abu Zafar Md Kamruzzaman of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka handed down the sentence in presence of the two accused in the courtroom.
The convicts are: Rita Akhtar alias Swapna, 35, and Ruma alias Reshma, 30, both of them were housemaids of the former principal.
In his observation, the judge said it is a sensational case and the accused had committed a heinous offence by killing the victim and looting the valuables from her house.
So, the accused did not deserve any mercy from the tribunal, he said.
Saniat Ismat Amit, the victim's son, who was present at the tribunal, expressed satisfaction over the verdict.
Matiur Rahman, a defence lawyer, said they did not get justice. They would appeal to the higher court, he added.
On February 10 last year, police recovered the body of Mahfuza from her flat at Sukanya Tower on the capital's Elephant Road.
After the murder, the victim's family reported that their two housemaids went missing along with 20 tolas of gold, valuables, and Tk 50,000 in cash.
The following day, Mahfuza's husband Ismat Kader Gama filed a murder case with New Market Police Station against Ruma and Rita and one Runu Begum in this connection.
During the investigation, the two housemaids made confessional statements to magistrates.
On July 21 that year, Alamgir Hossain Mazumder, sub-inspector of New Market Police Station, submitted the charge sheet against the two before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.
The investigation officer dropped the name of Runu from the charge sheet as her involvement in the killing was not found.
In the charge sheet, the IO said the accused planned and carried out the killing of the former principal with an intent to loot gold ornaments and money.
On February 9 this year, the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 of Dhaka framed charges against the two accused.
Twenty-seven prosecution witnesses out of 34 gave their depositions before the tribunal in the case.