Neten Dorji | Trashigang

Trashiyangtse dzongkhag court yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for vandalising a Jangchub choeten in Cholabtsa village in Toetsho gewog.

Daza, 34, from Khamdang was found guilty of committing offence against the Ku, Sung, Thuk-ten or Zung.  The crime is graded a first-degree felony.

Daza confessed to vandalising the choeten and robbing two black four-eyed dzees and two red corals.

The judgment also stated the defendant studied till class four and he is well aware of the importance of religion and culture.

“As per section 70 of the Penal code of Bhutan, the defendant shall not be handed compoundable and has to be sentenced to life imprisonment. The life imprisonment will count from the time of arrest of the defendant,” it stated.

The defendant was given 10 days appeal to High Court as per the section 96.5 and 109.1(c) of the Civil and Criminal Procedure Code.

Meanwhile, the two black dzees and two corals have been recovered.

As per section 181.4 of Civil and Criminal Procedure Code, gup and authorities concerned have to submit a report to the court on the handing of the relics to community of Cholabtsha.