A man who murdered his seven-year-old niece as she screamed while he raped her has been sentenced to death.

The uncle, known only as Waliullah, told a court he was drunk when crept into his brother’s house in Dhoke Chaudhrian, India on November 22 2019.

He said he entered the house and raped his seven-year-old niece, and then covered her face with a pillow when she screamed.

Waliullah pleaded guilty to murder and rape but claimed he accidentally suffocated his victim as he carried out the attack.

Police told Judge Masood Akhtar of Rawalpindi Additional District and Sessions Court a post-mortem of the child confirmed Waliullah’s account.

Judge Akhtar handed Waliullah two death sentences, one for rape and one for murder.

Addressing the defendant, he said such "dreadful crimes" have the "potential to destroy the social fabric of the country," the Tribune reported.

He added that criminals involved in such crimes "do not deserve any concession," the publication said.

After the verdict, the victim’s father, who is also Waliullah’s brother, said he got justice in the case.

The distraught dad said his brother had committed a crime for which he should be punished.

At an earlier hearing, Waliullah had asked for forgiveness from the victim’s family but said he was ready to face any punishment.

Waliullah's brother reportedly turned down his request and added that the confession or pardon would not bring his daughter back to life.

He also requested the court to severely punish him so the case could be used a deterrence against such criminals, Daily Pakistan reported.

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Waliullah also reportedly surprised duty judge Zaib Shehzad and Judge Alamgir by "bluntly" admitting the crime against his niece in November of 2019.

The Tribune reported the uncle had "admitted his involvement" without "batting an eyelid," it is claimed.

He was then given a 30-minute recess to reflect on his answer and the gravity of the situation, but Waliullah maintained his answer.

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