Pemagatshel’s dzongkhag court sentenced two men to 15 years and eight years imprisonment each for robbing a Jangchub Choeten on July 19, 2013 in Yurung.
A mobile phone that was found at the crime site led to the arrest of the men.
Twenty-nine-year-old Lungten Wangdi from Khangma village in Yurung confessed to committing the crime. Tashi Phuntsho, 36, who earlier denied his involvement, admitted later that they decided to rob the choeten to buy a Bolero each.
The investigations founds that on the evening of July 17, Tashi Phuntsho told Lungten Wangdi over the phone that since he has go to Thimphu robbery must be carried out soon. On the night of July 19, as Lungten Wangdi pulling out stones from the choeten, the whole structure came down crumbling. Panicked, the men fled the scene. But Lungten Wangdi had not realised that he had dropped his mobile phone.
The court found Lungten Wangdi guilty of offence on Ku, Sung Thuk-Ten and Zung under section 351 of Penal Code of Bhutan which describes the crime as a felony of first degree. However, since nothing was taken from the choeten, he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
Tashi Phuntsho was found guilty under section 126 of the penal code for asking another person to take part in a crime and was sentenced to eight years in prison.