A man and his wife were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday in a case filed in Pirojpur over an acid attack on a woman in 2015.
The convicts are Delwar Sarder, 49, and his wife Hasia Begum, 45, from Gouripur village in Bhandaria upazila.
Pirojpur district and sessions judge's court of Md Abdul Mannan delivered the verdict. The court also fined each convict TK 10,000. Each of them will have to serve an additional two years in jail if they fail to pay the fines.
According to the prosecution, Delwar's brother Bellal Sarder had filed a robbery case accusing two sons of victim Rahela Begum, wife of Jakir Hossain Akan from Jolagati village under Kawkhali upazila.
On September 24 afternoon, Rahela went to Delwar's house for paying him in exchange for her son's acquittal from the case. An altercation ensued between them after Delwar received TK 60,000 from Rahela, but demanded more money.
Refusing to pay more, Rahela demanded return of the TK 60,000 that she just handed over to Delwar. At this stage, Delwar, his wife Hasia with the help of Khalequzzaman Nipu forcibly pushed her in the kitchen and poured acid on her.
Rahela managed to run outside and jump in a nearby canal, from where locals rescued her the next morning in an unconscious state.
Severely burnt Rahel was first given treatment at Bhandaria Upazila Health Complex. From there she was sent to Barishal and later to Dhaka for further treatment.
After failing to file a case in this connection with Bhandaria Police Station, on October 19, 2015, Rahela's son Rabiul Islam Akan filed a case with Acid Crime Control Tribunal in Pirojpur accusing Delwar, his wife Hasia and Khalequzzaman Nipu.
Nipu's name was dropped from the charge sheet submitted before the court by investigation officer of the case.
MAN TO DIE FOR 2007 MURDER
A court in Pirojpur yesterday sentenced a man to death by hanging over killing of a man in 2007.
The convict is Limon Sheikh, 36, son of Ruhul Amin Sheikh from Kachuakathi village under Kawkhali upazila.
Pirojpur district and sessions judge's court of Md Abdul Mannan delivered the verdict.
The convict was present before the court during the delivery of the verdict.
According to the prosecution, on December 29, 2007, Limon was involved in an altercation with his neighbour Khasru Howlader, 38, over playing cricket in Khasru's yard.
Limon later entered Khasru's house with a sharp weapon and hacked him with it indiscriminately.
Khasru died by the time he was taken to Kawkhali Upazila Health Complex. His brother Ripan Hossain Howlader filed the case accusing Limon the same day.