Mangaluru, January 28: A bus conductor named Tejaksha (28), has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the chief district and sessions court and special court under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act here for raping a boy.
Tejaksha had been accused for raping a nine-year-old student of a school at Kuthethur near Mangaluru about 18 months ago. Through the judgment delivered on Tuesday January 27th, the court also slapped a fine of Rs 55,500 on him.
The accused was pronounced guilty by the court on January 24th, and had reserved its orders on quantum of sentence to Tuesday.
Judge Uma M G, also announced additional sentences as follows: one month rigorous imprisonment for illegal confinement under section 341 of Indian Penal Code, two years of rigorous imprisonment for murder threat under section 506, apart from the said fine, which is made up of Rs 50,000 under POCSO Act section 4, and the balance for other offences stated above. In case of failure to pay fine, he will have to undergo additional jail terms.
The court has ordered payment of Rs 50,000 to the boy from the fine collected. To avail it, the boy’s parents will have to approach the committee formed for the purpose.
In this case, Pushparaj K Adyantaya, Chief public prosecutor, had presented the arguments on behalf of the prosecution.