The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to Ameerul Islam, a migrant worker from Assam for raping and murdering a Dalit law student near Perumbavoor in Kochi last year.
The court had on Tuesday found Ameerul guilty of offences under sections 376 (Rape), section 302 (Murder),Section 376 A (causing death or resulting in persistent vegetative state of victim), Section 342 (wrongful confinement) and section 449(house trespass) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The court while sentencing Ameerul to life imprisonment and a fine of ₹25,000 under section 376 A of IPC also awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of ₹25,000 under section 376 of the IPC. He has also been awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment and one year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of ₹50,000 and ₹1,000 under sections 449 and 342 of IPC respectively.
The sentences will be run concurrently and the death sentence is subject to confirmation by the High Court.
The case relates to brutal rape and murder of the Dalit woman at her house in Vattolipadi, near Perumbavoor, on April 28, 2016. The 30-year-old woman was found dead in her two-room asbestos house by the side of a canal when her mother returned from work around 8.30 pm.
Accepting the prosecution's argument that the Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer, forcefully entered the house and committed the rape and murder between 5.30 p.m. and 6 p.m., the judge also noted that during the trial, the accused had not offered any reasonable explanation warranting his presence at the crime scene.
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