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Spanish woman rape accused gets lifer

A 28-year-old serial house breaker was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for raping a Spanish woman on knife point in a upscale flat at suburban Bandra last year. ‘The court has to keep in mind the interest of the society at large and the case does not have any ground for leniency,’ observed Principal Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi while pronouncing the sentence to accused Mohammed Badshah Ansari, who was convicted on charges of rape, unnatural offence, trespass, criminal intimidation and destruction of evidence.

In November 2012, Ansari forcibly entered the 28-year-old musician’s flat through a window and at knife point allegedly robbed and raped her. The victim was staying as a tenant on the third floor of a building at Perry Cross Road in Bandra. Before the sentencing, Badshah told the court that he was implicated in the case and sought leniency citing that he has a mother, wife and two children dependent on him.
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