The Kollam Further Classes Court docket Wednesday imposed a double life sentence on Sooraj S Kumar (28) for murdering his spouse Uthra (25) final 12 months through the use of a cobra to chunk her whereas she was asleep.
In a case described by the court docket as ‘rarest of the uncommon’, the convict was awarded life sentences on expenses of Sections 302 (homicide) and 307 (try and homicide) in addition to 10 years rigorous imprisonment below Part 328 (inflicting hurt utilizing poison) and 7 years imprisonment below Part 201 (inflicting disappearance of proof) of the IPC together with a high-quality of Rs 5 lakh.
The trial court docket stopped wanting awarding the convict the demise penalty contemplating his younger age and no previous felony antecedents, underlining that there are alternatives for him to reform. Nevertheless, the court docket made it clear that the convict would endure jail sentences of 10 years and seven years consecutively earlier than beginning his double life sentence.
Investigating officer and former Kollam Rural SP S Harishankar advised reporters that he was happy with the decision. “The quantum of sentence is set by judicial discretion and has a variety of components to remember. The court docket has already discovered the accused responsible on all 4 expenses arrayed by the investigating officers and the prosecution. Our efforts finish there. We can not touch upon the quantum of sentence,” he mentioned.
On the similar time, the sufferer’s mom Manimeghalai, who monitored the proceedings of the trial from her dwelling in Anchal in Kollam district, mentioned she was not proud of the decision as she was anticipating the court docket to award the demise penalty to Sooraj. She added that the household would attraction towards the decision.
The case dates again to Might 7, 2020 when Uthra, a differently-abled mom of a one-year-old, was discovered useless on account of a snakebite at her dwelling in Anchal. The cobra, that bit her and later present in the identical bed room, was reported to have inflicted the chunk within the evening as Uthra, her husband Sooraj and their youngster slept.
Although it was initially dismissed as a snakebite demise by the native police, the truth that Uthra had been bitten earlier by a viper on March 2, 2020 at her in-laws’ dwelling, that required her to be hospitalised, and a criticism of foul-play in her demise by her dad and mom compelled police higher-ups to launch an in depth investigation.
After a radical investigation led by then Kollam Rural SP Harishanker, it was concluded by the officers that Sooraj, an worker of a personal monetary establishment, had painstakingly plotted the homicide of his spouse Uthra by forcing a snake to chunk her.
The police claimed that Sooraj bought each the viper and the cobra from a snake handler with the intention of killing his spouse and making it appear as a pure snake-bite. Although the try by getting the viper to chunk her in March, 2020 failed as she was hospitalised on time, he managed to repeat the devious act with the cobra two months later. She was below therapy for over 50 days at a hospital following the primary snakebite.
In response to the police model, the couple had a strained relationship and Uthra’s dad and mom alleged that she was often harassed by her in-laws over dowry. The Kollam Crime Department, which led the probe, had filed a 1000-page chargesheet within the case, detailing the way through which Sooraj carried out the homicide, utilizing scientific and circumstantial proof.