Chukha dzongkhag court sentenced a 59-year-old man from Aleykha in Bongo to a year in prison for stabbing a 56-year-old fellow villager.

The incident occurred on June 16 this year after the victim, Chachu, met defendant Passang in a neighbour’s house and charged him for accusing his daughter of theft and for battering her.

During the argument, Passang used abusive words and also bragged about battering Chachu’s daughter. A brawl ensued where Passang took out a knife and stabbed Chachu on the thigh.

Medical report from Gedu hospital states that the injury is grave. Gedu police arrested the two the same day.

Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged Passang for battery and the court, in its judgement rendered last week, stated that Passang was guilty of violating section 158 of the Penal Code, which states, “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of battery, if the defendant purposely uses physical force of an adverse nature on another person.”

He was sentenced to a month in prison for display of weapon in accordance to section 486 of the Penal Code, which states, “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of display of a weapon, if the defendant purposely threatens or intimidates another person by displaying a weapon.”

He was, however, given a concurrent sentencing of a year and the court also ordered that since he already spent one month and 16 nights in prison, he can pay thrimthue in lieu of the remaining prison term.

The court ordered him to pay a compensation of Nu 45,000 to Chachu.

The court also sentenced Chachu for starting the fight and found him guilty of battery. The verdict stated that he also violated section 158 of the Penal Code but since he was also arrested and detained for one month and 16 nights, he had served his prison term.

Tashi Dema