District and Sessions Judge P P Jadhav yesterday convicted Dileep Jadhav for killing his co-worker Ananta alias Antya Sawar (then aged 55) at a brick kiln in Bhiwandi and awarded him life imprisonment.
The court observed that the prosecution successfully proved that the accused had attacked the victim and killed him in May 2014.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Vinit Kulkarni, in his submission, told the court that Dileep Jadhav and Sawar, both from the neighbouring Palghar district's Wada taluka, worked at the brick kiln in Paliwali area of Bhiwandi and used to stay there itself.
The accused used to steal grocery items from the huts of other workers, he said.
On May 1, 2014 a scuffle broke out between the duo when Sawar confronted Jadhav over his alleged stealing habit.
The accused then attacked Sawar with a big stone and later hit him with a crowbar (tool), killing him on the spot, Kulkarni said.
The court relied on the account of eyewitness - Sawar's wife and his another relative - and also examined the brick kiln owner, Chandan Choudhary.
The court then convicted Jadhav under IPC section 302 (murder) and sentence him to life imprisonment.
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