The man had committed a horrendous crime and there was more than enough clinching evidence against him.
The judge had all along known that he would have to impose death penalty on the accused. But when the day came he was a bit unsure of himself for he had never sent any convict to the gallows. He had been wishing all these days that somehow things would turn out differently. But every bit of evidence that was brought before him was closing his options. He knew that ends of justice would not be met if he did not impose death penalty on the accused.
When the judge pronounced his order,imposing death penalty, he was almost shivering with emotions.
It was not normal of him to leave the court abruptly. But he left the court for he was too shaken to hear any other case. He reached his home looking pale, nervous and miserable.
The murderer was lead out of the court be a posse of grim faced policemen. His steps were firm and his eyes were cold, totally bereft of any emotions.
Inspired by an incident narrated be Salim Ali in his autobiography ‘The Fall of a Sparrow’
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