Written by News 1st
26 Nov, 2013 | 8:57 am
An Indian couple have been convicted of murdering their daughter Aarushi Talwar and their Nepalese servant, Hemraj Banjade.
The fourteen-year-old only daughter of dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar was found dead at home in May 2008 with her throat slit and a fatal head injury.
Suspicion initially fell on Hemraj until his bludgeoned body was found on the Talwars’ roof just one day later.
They denied murder, destroying evidence and misleading investigators. The murders generated huge interest in India with every twist and turn in the case receiving wall-to-wall coverage.
The couple burst into tears when judge Shyam Lal read out the verdict in a crowded court room in the city of Ghaziabad, just outside the capital, Delhi. They issued a statement expressing their anguish at the verdict. Sentencing is to take place on Tuesday and the couple could face a life sentence or even the death penalty. Their lawyers say they will appeal.
In a written statement given to reporters the Talwars said,
“We are deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted for a crime that we have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice.”
The police investigation was the subject of intense scrutiny, with the Talwars and some legal experts saying that local detectives and then federal investigators from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) mishandled the case.
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