GOA: The high court of Bombay at Goa upheld the life imprisonment of two convicts, Osban Fernandes and Ramesh Bagve, for kidnapping and attempting to murder two minor children whose parents they had already murdered. The court, however, rejected the state’s government appeal to impose the death penalty.
Declining the state’s plea to impose the death penalty, a division bench comprising justices MS Sonak and MS Jawalkar said this isn’t a matter that attracts the ‘rarest of rare’ principle, and noted that the death rap can only be imposed when life imprisonment appears to be an altogether inadequate punishment.
The ghastly incident came to light when Bonaventure D’Souza, the complainant, and Hassan Mulla, returning from Karnataka to Goa, saw the minor girl sitting at the side of the road at 5.30am. She then told him about what had happened, and he called the police.
The court complimented D’Souza and Mulla for discharging their civic duty with utmost sensitivity. The bench also observed that they both displayed courage and compassion, which is extremely commendable. “They were indeed good samaritans, who never shirked from their civic duty to render all possible assistance to the two children in extreme distress,” it said.
The News 24 Goa