Man sentenced for voluntary manslaughter 

Phurpa Lhamo  | Wangdue

Wangdue dzongkhag court sentenced a 45-year-old man to nine years in prison for voluntary manslaughter on May 25.

The court also asked the convict to pay a compensation of Nu 492,875 to the victim’s family within three months from the date of the judgment.

According to the judgment, the convict from Nyisho gewog in Wangdue stabbed the 50-year-old victim outside the Nyisho gewog office on March 23 following an argument with the victim.

Earlier that day, the convict had filed a complaint with the gewog office of an illicit relationship between his wife and the victim. He said that he had heard it from the victim’s daughter and her husband.

The convict and the victim were waiting outside the gewog office for a decision from the administration when the incident occurred.

While the victim was taken to the nearby Basic Health Unit, the victim succumbed to his injuries. Police arrested him following a report from the Nyisho gup.

Voluntary manslaughter is a felony of the second degree with a prison term ranging from a minimum of nine years to a maximum of less than 15 years.

According to the judgment the convict confessed to the crime and didn’t have any past criminal records, hence nine years prison term, which is the lowest for a crime of second-degree felony.

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