Neten Dorji | Trashigang

Trashigang dzongkhag court convicted a man who came to seek donation but battered the man who took him to a hotel downstairs to give donations.

Tashi Dorji, 23, from Bidung in Trashigang was found guilty of trespassing in a residential apartment located on the first floor of a hotel on November 2 last year and asking for donation.

When the houseowner took him downstairs to the hotel to give donation, the defendant punched him below the ears and ran away.

The December 31 judgment stated that Tashi Dorji was guilty of trespassing for violating section 237 of the Penal Code of Bhutan, which states, “A defendant is guilty of the offences of trespass, if the defendant intentionally enters or remains on others property or in a building occupied structures or separately secured or occupied portion of a building or structure with the knowledge that the defendant is not or no longer licensed of privileged to enter or remain thereto.”

The crime is graded a fourth degree felony.

Tashi Dorji was also given another three years imprisonment for battery as he had criminal records.

The judgment stated that he was sentenced to prison for battery by Thimphu dzongkhag court and Trashigang court in 2015 and 2016.

It stated that since the defendant is a recidivist, the court has enhanced the conviction degree in accordance to section 15 of the Penal Code of Bhutan, where it states that defendant who is found guilty of the same offence shall, on the next conviction, could face a higher conviction.

Tashi Dorji was, however, given a concurrent sentencing of three years imprisonment.