The Kollam Additional Sessions Court Wednesday imposed a double life sentence on Sooraj S Kumar (28) for murdering his spouse Uthra (25) final 12 months by utilizing a cobra to chew her whereas she was asleep.
In a case described by the court docket as ‘rarest of the rare’, the convict was awarded life sentences on fees of Sections 302 (homicide) and 307 (try to homicide) in addition to 10 years rigorous imprisonment underneath Section 328 (inflicting hurt utilizing poison) and 7 years imprisonment underneath Section 201 (inflicting disappearance of proof) of the IPC together with a positive of Rs 5 lakh.
The trial court docket stopped in need of awarding the convict the dying penalty contemplating his younger age and no previous felony antecedents, underlining that there are alternatives for him to reform. However, 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 instructed reporters that he was glad with the decision. “The quantum of sentence is decided by judicial discretion and has a lot of factors to keep in mind. The court has already found the accused guilty on all four charges arrayed by the investigating officers and the prosecution. Our efforts end there. We cannot comment on the quantum of sentence,” he stated.
At the identical time, the sufferer’s mom Manimeghalai, who monitored the proceedings of the trial from her home in Anchal in Kollam district, stated she was not pleased with the decision as she was anticipating the court docket to award the dying penalty to Sooraj. She added that the household would enchantment in opposition to the decision.
The case dates again to May 7, 2020 when Uthra, a differently-abled mom of a one-year-old, was discovered lifeless attributable to a snakebite at her home in Anchal. The cobra, that bit her and later present in the identical bed room, was reported to have inflicted the chew within the night time as Uthra, her husband Sooraj and their little one slept.
Though it was initially dismissed as a snakebite dying by the native police, the truth that Uthra had been bitten earlier by a viper on March 2, 2020 at her in-laws’ home, that required her to be hospitalised, and a criticism of foul-play in her dying by her mother and father 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 non-public monetary establishment, had painstakingly plotted the homicide of his spouse Uthra by forcing a snake to chew 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. Though the try by getting the viper to chew 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 underneath remedy for over 50 days at a hospital following the primary snakebite.
According to the police model, the couple had a strained relationship and Uthra’s mother and father alleged that she was repeatedly harassed by her in-laws over dowry. The Kollam Crime Branch, which led the probe, had filed a 1000-page chargesheet within the case, detailing the style during which Sooraj carried out the homicide, utilizing scientific and circumstantial proof.