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Friday, November 11, 2011

Soumya murder case: Convict gets death sentence

Thrissur: A Thrissur fast track court awarded capital punishment to the Soumya rape and murder case accused Govindachami. On Monday, it had found the accused Govindachami guilty.
Soumya was raped in a compartment of Kochi-Shornur passenger train and was pushed out of the moving train in February this year. Special Prosecutor A Suresan had pleaded for the maximum punishment of death.
According to the prosecution, Govindachami hailing from Virudhachalam in Tamil Nadu had assaulted 23-year-old Soumya in a deserted ladies' compartment on February 1 this year and pushed her out of the running train, immediately after it left the Vallathol Nagar station. He then carried her to a spot along the rail tracks and raped her 'cruelly and brutally'.
The accused had also injured her seriously resulting in her death on February 6.
Pressing for maximum punishment, the prosecution submitted that the accused was a 'habitual offender' and produced documentary evidence from the Tamil Nadu Crime Bureau of Police that he had been convicted in eight cases in Tamil Nadu from 2004 to 2008.
(With additional information from PTI)

Source : ibnlive.com

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