ISLAMABAD: Shahrukh, the prime suspect in the high profile murder of 20-year-old Shahzeb in Karachi in December, is an adult, a new medical board constituted by a Karachi court has ascertained.
It said that tests of Shahrukh’s teeth and bones indicate that he is older than 18 years, a revelation that means he could be tried as an adult on the murder charge.
The board said that it is quite clear: All the teeth are present, including the four wisdom teeth.
Shahrukh underwent six X-rays and teeth and hair examinations in the presence of a large police team.
An earlier board headed by the police surgeon had stated that the boy was aged between 17 and 18 years. After that, he was shifted to the juvenile prison Karachi.
However, the Supreme Court while hearing a case about this murder doubted his report following which a Karachi court ordered fresh medical tests to ascertain the boy’s age.
Meanwhile, police have obtained the evidence confirming Shahrukh is an adult, from a Lahore educational institute. Police collected Shahrukh’s record from it on the orders of the apex court.
Shahrukh was admitted to the Aitchison College Lahore when he was 4 years of age. The institution was directed to hand over all the records relating to Shahrukh to police.
However, his family members failed to present his birth certificate saying that he was not born in the hospital but under the care of the midwife in a village.