An Indian court has handed down a death sentence to the ringleader of a group of men convicted of murdering an Australian missionary and his two young sons. Twelve others received life imprisonment for burning Graham Staines alive, along with his sons – Philip, who was 10, and Timothy, eight. The court found them guilty last week of rioting, arson and culpable homicide amounting to murder. Hundreds of police were deployed outside churches in Orissa ahead of sentencing. The prosecutors had pushed for the death sentence by hanging, but defence lawyers had asked for a lenient sentence on the grounds that the men were poor tribesmen and the sole earners in their families. Full Story
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