Mercedes hit-run juvenile to be tried as adult; psychologist says accused ‘indifferent’ towards life

| Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 17:58
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New Delhi: The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Saturday permitted Delhi police plea to allow the accused minor in the Mercedes hit-and-run case to be tried as an adult. The accused had allegedly mowed down a 33-year-old Delhi business consultant, Siddharth Sharma, in April this year.

The Juvenile Justice Board reached this conclusion is based on the fact that on the date of the incident the accused had the ability to understand the consequences of the offence. The Board also mentioned that the accused in no manner lacked in mental and physical capacity to have committed the alleged offence.

The shocking hit and run case took place in Delhi on April 4, 2016 when the juvenile driver lost control of a Mercedes and mowed down 33-year-old Siddharth Sharma, a Delhi business consultant.

An eyewitness, a friend of the victim, had claimed that he was hit at a speed of no less that 80 to 100 kmph. The victim was flung 15-20 feet in the air due to the collision, while five people on two different bikes narrowly escaped a collision with the Mercedes.

One of the psychologist who conducted the psychology test of the juvenile said that the accused wad indifferent towards life and the safety of others on the road but was mature enough to think of ways to escape from lawful punishment from the offence.

The accused juvenile gave very measured inadequate and evasive replies to the psychologist. “He has the ability to understand the offence and its consequences,” as per the psychologist.

The deceased’s sister Shilpa Mittal said, “Juvenile was mentally healthy; he was aware of the consequences of driving fast. Children's court will start it (trial) from scratch”. She also added, “We know we won't get justice easily; fighting to set an example that no one is above law.”

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