Mumbai Sessions court on Friday convicted Jerrit John for throwing acid on his girlfriend Aryanka Hosbetkar three years ago at her Worli resident.
The special Women court judge Vrushali Joshi sentenced John to five years of imprisonment.
On November 6, 2012, Jerrit John (46), the owner of the No Nonsense, a production house, allegedly flung acid at his former girlfriend, city-based cyclist, Aryanka Hosbetkar (27) at her residence in Worli with a corrosive chemical in the presence of her mother and friends. According to the prosecution, John fled the scene after attacking Hosbetkar.
Hosbetkar suffered injuries on her eye and tongue, but she was later discharged from hospital on the same day.
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Prior to the attack, their relationship was strained after Hosbetkar found out that Jerrit was married and had a five-year-old son.
On November 11, 2012 John was arrested by Dadar police station and was booked under sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 379 (theft), 341 (wrongful restraint), 452 (trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint). The charge of attempt to murder against John was added by police after eleven days.
On January 11, 2013, he received another letter and two parcels (from the Dadar police) which contained cycling pants and a full sleeved T-shirt. The analyser performed tests on the clothes and found the same substance, which had been discovered in the bottle in the earlier test. He also gave an opinion that the chloride radicals found may be from hydrochloric acid.
On March 7, 2015 an assistant chemical analyser deposed at the Mumbai Sessions court in the case, and said that the bottle allegedly used by John in the attack was made of aluminium, which is normally not used for preserving acid.
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