Kerala court awards double life-term to accused in Latvian murder case | Thiruvananthapuram News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The First Additional District Court here on Tuesday handed down a double life sentence for drugging, raping and killing a Latvian woman who had traveled to Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment four years ago.
The court reiterated that the accused must be in prison for the rest of his life and also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1.65 each.
The money should be given to the dead woman’s sister. Special Prosecutor G Mohanraj said it was her determination and willpower over various periods of time that gave the case life and the verdict is indebted to her.
When there was a delay in the initial trial and investigation, she approached the court to expedite the proceedings and fully cooperated with the team to ensure that any loopholes were covered.
Hear the verdict given by the judge K Sanilkumardefendant Umesh (32 years old), son of Bhuvanachandran of Thuruthi Veettil at Vellar and the second defendant is Udayakumar (28) Ramachandran’s son of Vadakkekoonam Thuruthi Vettil in Thiruvallam was upset when they told the court on Monday during the ‘inquiry’ session that they were not repentant because they were innocent.
The prosecution called the sentence a more appropriate and harsher sentence than the death penalty. The defense lawyer said that the sentence was only based on indirect evidence and there was no real evidence to prove that the defendant was involved in the crime. The defendant will challenge the verdict in a higher court, it has been known.
Police and prosecutors have difficulty proving the case because there are no witnesses and it is difficult to gather scientific evidence from a decomposed body. The body was found 38 days after the crime and the forensic team was unable to collect sperm from the decomposed body to prove rape.
The body of the Latvian woman was recovered from an isolated island-like mangrove forest in nearby Panathura. Kovalam and the investigation and prosecution team posed a simple question that a woman who is a foreigner could not have reached this place without anyone’s help. The prosecution is answering who brought her to the scene with the help of 18 circumstantial evidence and through witness statements.
Challenging before the prosecution, two witnesses in the case were chemical experts and a woman became hostile. Faced with all sorts of difficulties, the prosecution and the investigative team were able to successfully convince the court that the accused had drugged, raped and murdered the woman.
The 33-year-old Latvian woman went to Kerala for traditional medicine treatment and went missing from here on March 14, 2018. Her decomposed body was later recovered from the area. a mangrove forest in Panathura on 20 April. The incident was investigated and an indictment filed by DSP Dinil JK, then ACP Fort.


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