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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Man gets death sentence for double murder

By Express News Service - ANANTAPUR 29th June 2013 10:44 AM
The SC/ST Fast Track court here on Friday awarded death sentence to one Meendlapalli Venkatesh in connection with twin murders on September 26, 2012. The 42-year-old Venkatesh had a scuffle with his neighbouring farmer over irrigation water in Kuruvalli village of Bommnahal mandal of Rayadurgam constituency on that day. After an argument with Mulla Jafar Saab and Maheswar Reddy, Venkatesh in a fit of rage attacked them with an axe and hacked the duo to death.
A farmer in the nearby fields, Ramalakshmi, who was a witness to the murders, tried to run away but Venkatesh chased her and attacked her also with the axe. After inflicting severe injuries on the woman, Venkatesh fled from the spot assuming that the only eyewitness in the murders was also eliminated. However, Ramalakshmi, who suffered injuries regained consciousness after some time and was admitted to a hospital. Later, she narrated the entire episode to the police.
Bommanahaul police registered a case which came to SC,ST Fast Track court in Anantapur for trial. After completing the trail in nine months, judge Nagarjuna gave the verdict on Friday awarding capital punishment to the accused for twin murders. The court also pronounced 10 years imprisonment to the accused for attacking the woman farmer.
Source : http://newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Man-gets-death-sentence-for-double-murder/2013/06/29/article1658375.ece

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