THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Additional Sessions Court here has sentenced the prime accused of Koliyoor murder case to death and the second accused to life imprisonment.
The prime accused, Anil Kumar alias Kolusu Binu, a native of Vattappara and the second accused, Chandrasekharan aka Chandran, a native of Tamil Nadu, were found guilty by Additional Sessions judge Mini S Das on Wednesday.
The court has found that all the crimes charged against the two - trespassing, murder, attempt to murder, burglary, and aggravated rape - were established by the prosecution.
As per the prosecution, the gory incident happened on July 7, 2016. The two men entered the house through the kitchen door. They bludgeoned the man with a hammer. His skull was shattered and died instantaneously. The woman was also attacked using the hammer and was then raped by Anil Kumar. The incident came to the notice of the children after they were woken up by their house cat’s shrills. It shook the capital city and a special team was formed to probe the case. Within 48 hours of its occurrence, the case was solved.
The weapons, including a hammer, were recovered and that later became clinching evidence for the prosecution. The confession of Chandrasekharan and the cyber evidence to prove that the two were together from three days prior to the incident proved to be crucial.
The CCTV visuals collected from a jewellery in Thirunelveli where Anil Kumar had sold the ornaments of the victim were also submitted as evidence.
76 witnesses examined
Seventy-six witnesses were examined and 99 documents and 49 pieces of booty were submitted. The culprits were arrested by Fort ACP Sudhakara Pillai and the chargesheet was submitted by SP K S Gopkumar.