Ship Engineer Gets Life in Prison for Killing Fellow Crewmember

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November 28, 2012

An engineer accused of killing a fellow crewmember aboard an Indian cargo ship while off the coast of Nigeria has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to the Times of India, Gyanendra Jai Bhagwan Chauhan, a fourth engineer aboard the M/V Jaglila, was convicted by an Indian court on Tuesday for the killing the ship’s second engineer off the coast of Lagos in 2005.

According to court documents, the second engineer of Great Eastern Shipping Company’s M/V Jaglila was reported missing in June 2005 while the vessel was anchored off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. An investigation into the missing person report turned up blood stains in and around the victims room and a trail of blood leading to the vessels stern. Chauhan eventually confessed to the killing of the second engineer and dumping his body overboard.

Chauhan was sentenced to life imprisonment plus seven years.

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