Court sentences drangpon’s wife to 18 months in prison

… acquits other two charged in the case

Neten Dorji | Wamrong

Wamrong drungkhag court yesterday handed a compoundable sentence of 18 months prison term to the drangpon’s wife, Tshering Yangki for her involvement in the battery case.

She was also sentenced to a year in prison for trespassing.

However, she has to serve one year and six months in prison as the court ordered a concurrent sentence. She can pay the national wage rate for one year six months or Nu 68,437 in lieu of the prison term.

Tshering Yangki also has to compensate victim Sonam Peldon for causing her injury which led to temporary total disability and damages.

“Defendants Tshering Yangki have to pay five years wage of Nu 225,000 as compensation according to section 39 of the Penal Code of Bhutan,” the judgment stated.

The judgment also states that she has to pay Nu 38,200 as medical expenses incurred during her medical treatment within 10 days from the date of the judgment.

The judgment stated that Tshering Yangki was guilty of trespassing and for violating section 237 of the Penal Code.

Both the victims and her son, who was accused of assault by the prosecutor, were acquitted.

“They were acquitted as per the section 49 and 50 of Penal code of Bhutan,” the judgment states.

According to judgment, the incident began after defendant Tshering Yangki demanded Sonam Peldon remain out of her sight while she was outside in her kitchen garden planting garlic.

The judgement stated that it was not as per the prosecutor and Tshering Yangki’s submission which alleged that the incident began after Sonam Peldon’s son used abusive language.

The incident occurred on April 26 this year near Wamrong court. The Thrimshing police acting on behalf of the Wamrong police, who could not prosecute due to conflict of interest issues, charged the Wamrong drangpon’s wife, the wife and son of the sweeper working at the drungkhag court for battery, and trespassing.

The court has altered the grading of the offence from a petty misdemeanour to a misdemeanour.

Meanwhile, the court has rejected the charges for harassment against Tshering Yangki since the prosecutor didn’t charge her for harrassment. 

Tshering Yangki is going to appeal to the higher court.

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