Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau awarded the jail term to 25-year-old Rakesh for stabbing victim Suraj with a knife leading to his death, saying he did not hesitate to take law in his hands and evidence showed that he had the habit of snatching money from poor persons.
"The convict has no value for human life. He has taken away the life of a young man aged 32 years who had come to Delhi to earn his living only because the poor boy could not satisfy his (convict's) addictive urge for a cigarette," the court said and also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 upon Rakesh.
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the evening of November 27, 2010 in Sultanpuri area when Rakesh had demanded a cigarette from Suraj.
The police said Suraj had gone to the market with his uncle and cousin and on their way back to home, they started smoking 'beedi'. In the meantime, accused Rakesh who was known to them asked the victim to give him a cigarette.
The victim told him that he did not have a cigarette following which Rakesh threatened to kill him if he failed to provide him with the same.
Due to Suraj's inability to give cigarette, Rakesh took out a knife and stabbed him on his chest, it said.
Suraj's relatives, who were standing at a distance, threw a brick on the accused after which he fled from the spot and they took the injured to a hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors, the police said.