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Thursday 28 August 2014

Gang-rape accused 'did not intend to kill woman'

Dean Nelson New Delhi

Published 22/01/2013 | 05:00

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The men accused of the gang rape of a 23-year-old Indian student, who died from horrific internal injuries inflicted by an iron rod, did not intend to kill her and are not guilty of murder, one of their lawyers claimed as their trial began.

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Had they intended to kill the victim, they would have strangled her, AP Singh, who is acting for two defendants, said. Both of his clients deny any part in the assault, gang-rape and murder of the woman who said she was attacked by six men in December. Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur are accused of kidnap, gang rape and murder. They are to return to Delhi's Saket court this week when the court will frame charges. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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