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Sister Abhaya homicide case: Kerala High Court grants bail to convicted priest, nun

Abhaya Case Verdict

A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail to Catholic priest Thomas Kottoor and nun Sephy, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment after a CBI courtroom discovered them responsible of murdering Sister Abhaya, 19, whose physique was discovered inside a properly at a convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992.

The excessive courtroom acted upon the petitions of the convicted, searching for suspension of their life time period. The petition was allowed by the bench of Justices Vinod Chandran and C Jayachandran.

It was in December 2020 {that a} CBI courtroom in Thiruvananthapuram had convicted the duo for all times time period after a protracted authorized battle. They had been charged below Section 302 (homicide) and Section 201 (destruction of proof) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The trial courtroom had allowed the discharge petition of one other alleged accused Father Jose Puthrikkayil.

The sufferer and the accused belonged to the Knanaya Catholic Church, headquartered in Kottayam. At the time of her demise, Abhaya was a pre-degree pupil in a university run by the Catholic Church. She was an inmate of Pius X Convent Hostel, which had 123 inmates, together with 20 nuns, when the incident occurred.

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According to the CBI, Abhaya was killed after she discovered Kottoor, Puthrikkayil and Sephy in a compromising place contained in the kitchen of the Pius X Convent hostel. Fearing that she would disclose the incident, Kottoor allegedly strangled her whereas Sephy allegedly hit her with an axe. Together, they allegedly dumped Abhaya’s physique in a properly inside the compound.

During the trial, eight of the 49 prosecution witnesses had turned hostile. However, the courtroom relied upon circumstantial proof and the assertion of a thief named Adakka Raja. Raja mentioned that he noticed the monks when he sneaked into the hostel early on March 27, 1992, the day of the incident.

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