A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a 30-year-old man to death for killing his mother-in-law and two others in the city's Chawkbazar.
Judge Farhana Ferdous of the Eighth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court of Dhaka handed down the sentence in presence of the convict, Md Al Islam Jibon.
The victims are: Jibon's mother-in-law Rasheda Begum, 60; her daughter Seema Akhter, 30; and her granddaughter Shraboni Akhter Bonna, 23.
According to the prosecution, Jibon's wife Sumi Akhter had died, leaving their son Sunny and daughter Jui in Rasheda's custody.
Jibon wanted to have custody of his children. When his in-laws did not agree, the matter went to court. The court had given Rasheda custody of the children, but Jibon had been trying to take them back.
Jibon went to Rasheda's home around 2pm on July 4, 2016 and asked his mother-in-law to let his children go with him. When Rasheda declined, Jibon picked up a sharp weapon and started hacking her haphazardly.
He also hacked Rasheda's daughter Seema Akhter and granddaughter Bonna, when they tried to stop him.
Rasheda died on the spot, while the two others were declared dead after being rushed to DMCH.