Thane: A 28-year-old man from Mumbra was convicted by a sessions court for allegedly murdering a 14-year-old girl. The accused faces life-term imprisonment and a 10-year period for attempting to murder the victim’s father.

The accused, identified as Zahir Sayyed, has been convicted by the Sessions Court’s district judge SP Gondhalekar. A case has been registered against Sayyed under sections 302, 307 and 452 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused also has to pay a fine of Rs 6,000.

Prosecutor Ujwala Moholkar mentioned in the sessions court that Zahir Sayyed had infatuation on the 14-year-old victim. Therefore, Sayyed expressed his desire to marry her and conveyed the same to the family members of the victim. However, the entire family was opposed to it. The victim also reportedly told Sayyed that she was a minor.

The accused was in the habit of stalking the girl, a report quoted the victim’s counsellor, Sushma Mishra as saying. Despite the rejection, Sayyed visited the minor girl’s house on November 3, 2014, and proposed her once again.

After she rejected his proposal once again, Sayyed reportedly stabbed the victim nearly 10 times. Sushma Mishra added that the girl’s father who tried to save his daughter was also injured in the violent attack. As many as 13 witnesses, including the victim’s father, were put under examination during the trial, stated assistant sub-inspector S B Desai of Mumbra police.