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New Delhi gang-rape suspects found guilty
September 10, 2013, 10:34 am

The four defendants in a gang-rape case in Inda's capital, New Delhi, have been found guilty for raping and killing a 23-year-old student in December. 

Sentences for the men, who were convicted on Tuesday and face the possibility of hanging, are expected to be handed down Wednesday.

Judge Yogesh Khanna announced: "I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence.. and for committing the murder of the helpless victim."

The parents of the victim have been at the forefront of calls for the defendants to be hanged for their part in the December 16 attack, which triggered mass protests as well as new anti-rape laws.

Their daughter, a popular physiotherapy student who cannot be named for legal reasons, died of her injuries on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.

The four men, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, had all pleaded not guilty to the charges which included murder, rape and theft. 

A juvenile had already been jailed for three years, while a fifth adult defendant, bus driver Ram Singh, was found dead in his prison cell in March while awaiting trial.

The seven-month trial in Delhi has heard more than 100 witnesses, including 85 for the prosecution.

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