Notorious burlgur Devinder Singh alias Bunty Chor who broke into a palatial bungalow in Thiruvananathapuram has been sentenced to ten years of rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of Rs 20,000 has also been imposed. If the penalty not paid he will have to undergo six more months imprisonment, reported Malayalam dailies.
The order was pronounced by additional district and sessions judge-II, P Krishnakumar.
On January 20, 2013 Bunty Chor robbed a luxury car and high tech gadgets from the house of NRI Malayali Venugopalan Nair at Muttada. He stole a a Mistubihsi Outlander that cost Rs 29.72, an Apple laptop, gold ornaments and mobile phones.
He managed to break into the house by destroying the surveillance cameras. He reached Venugopalan Nair's house in a car he stole from a retired executive engineer. This car was found by the police from near Venugopalan Nair's house.
Following the crime, Bunty moved from place to place to evade arrest, staying briefly in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharshtra. He was finally arrested in Thane, six days after the crime.
The crime had attracted public attention for its very nature.
On April 22, the court had found Singh guilty of the burglary. The court had found him guilty of charges under IPC Sections 457 (house trepass) 380 (theft in house) and 461 (dishonestly breaking into receptacle containing property).
After judge B Krishnakumar found him guilty, prosecutor Pallichal S Pramod argued for an enhanced punishment for the convict considering his previous crimes
Times of India reports that taking into account his previous track record in burglary gave him enhanced punishment under section 75 of IPC.
Bunty Chor is a native of Delhi. A habitual offender, he is reported to have committed around 500 bulglaries across the country.