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Mandatory life imprisonment for child murderer

July 19, 2019 5:00 pm

35-year-old Rozleen Razia Khan has been handed a mandatory life imprisonment for killing her four-year-old daughter in Nausori last year.

Khan was convicted of one count of murder on Tuesday following a four-day trial.

In his sentence, Judge Justice Vincent Perera said Khan took advantage of the vulnerability of her daughter, whom she should have provided safety.

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He said the accused will now have to live with the guilt of killing her child for the rest of her life.

The court heard that on 6th May last year, the accused tied her daughter to her waist and jumped into the Rewa River causing her death.

The judge also said that this was a pre-meditated killing case.

The court also heard that Khan was not happy with her married life and her husband often abused her which resulted in her having an extra-marital affair.

The judge said that family problems should not cause any parent to kill their own child.

He added that wanting to commit suicide and having issues in marriage life cannot be considered as mitigating factors.

The High Court will not give any leniency when sentencing those parents who take advantage of the vulnerability of their children for their personal gains.

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