Bailoor Shankar Ram, Sessions Judge, First Fast Track Court here, has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for murdering his wife. Rajanna of Kampli in Bellary district used to harass his wife Lakshmi and his father for money. In an attempt to change his attitude, his father shifted the family to Madire village but the harassment continued, and Rajanna also started beating his wife under the influence of alcohol. On August 16, 2009, after a wordy duel, he assaulted his wife with an axe. Lakshmi, who was admitted to the Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, succumbed to her injuries the next day. The Kurgodu police registered a case and filed a charge sheet. Based on evidence, the judge convicted Rajanna. He was asked to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000.

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