New Delhi: Benson was convicted in 12 cases of theft and robbery by Kerala trial courts and sentenced separately for jail terms varying from one year to five years, which operated separately and mandated him to be in prison from 2003 till August 2022. A
Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit took pity on Benson and said the sentences in the last four cases would run concurrently, knocking off four years from his imprisonment period. He will now be released in September 2018.
Benson was first convicted in a theft case by a Thrissur judicial magistrate in November 2003 for three years. But before he could come out of jail, his past criminal acts — eight cases of theft, three cases of robbery and a case of impersonation — caught up with him. His last conviction was by a Kunnamangalam judicial magistrate in a theft case in December 2008 in which he was sentenced to one year imprisonment.
“Benson’s date of expiry of substantive sentence falls on August 19, 2022 without any remission. He has already earned three years, 10 months and 27 days remission as on May 26, 2016. He has to pay a fine of Rs 18,000 cumulatively in various cases and in default has to undergo one year five months in jail,” the SC bench said. The bench found the crimes petty even though they were repeated many times.