Ali sentenced to life imprisonment
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Rachael Nath
Former pilot Imshad Izrar Ali has been sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18-years to be served before a pardon can be considered by the President.
While sentencing him, High Court Judge, Justice Vincent Perera says there was lack of remorse from Ali for what he had done.
Justice Perera told the former pilot that the facts of the case revealed that it was not a premeditated incident but he had acted out of rage.
The thirty-eight-year-old murdered his de-fecto partner Rajeshni Sharma on November 3rd, in 2009 at her residence in Rewa Street Samabula, Suva.
It was revealed in court that in 2009, between 9 to 11pm Ali and Sharma had an argument, following which Ali struck her with an iron rod.
When Sharma fell on the floor, Ali kicked her on the left side of her face and then took a kettle cord and strangled her.
Ali ensured there was no sign of life in her before ransacking her flat making it look like a robbery gone wrong.
Ali then left his partner and took off with her set of keys and mobile phone to Nadi.
While sentencing Ali, Justice Perera said the mitigating factors of Ali’s supposed family in India which was presented as evidence by Defence council was written off as this also indicated signs of no remorse for what he had done in Fiji.
Ali has thirty days to appeal.
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