The Ernakulam Principal and Sessions court will today pronounce the quantum of sentence for Ameerul Islam, the Assamese labourer who was found guilty in the controversial murder of Jisha, a Dalit girl in Kerala.
The prosecution has reportedly sought death sentence for Ameerul Islam, accused in the case.
Prosecution termed the case as a rarest of the rare cases and the act of the accused was brutal, barbaric and diabolic in nature.
Claiming innocence, Islam told ANI, ''I didn't do anything. I don't know who did it."
Ernakulam Principal and Sessions Court had dismissed the petition by Amirul Islam seeking further investigation in the case.
The Court had convicted Amirul Islam in the case yesterday.
The Counsel for Islam told media Tuesday, "The court has found the accused guilty to an extent that he had entered with a commission of an offense and thereafter has committed the murder. The court found him guilty for that."
"I will try to get minimum punishment for the accused before the high court," he added.
The court found Ameerul guilty under IPC sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in a persistent vegetative state while committing rape), 449 (house-trespass in order to commit an offence punishable with death) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement).
Jisha, a law student, was brutally raped and murdered at her home on April 28, 2016.
On April 28, 2016, An intoxicated Ameerul is said to have barged into Jisha's house when she was alone, and murdered her when she resisted his sexual assault. Jisha lived in a dilapidated one-room house with her daily-wage labourer mother at a place called as 'canal purambokku' (waste land) in Perumbavoor. Jisha's mother discovered her body in a bloodied and battered state.
Islam, who left Perumbavoor a day after the murder, was arrested by the police from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu on June 16, 50 days after the gruesome incident.
Islam in his confession had said another migrant worker Anarul instigated him to commit the crime, but police found that Anarul had left Perumbavoor a few months before the murder.
The brutal rape and murder of Jisha would have ended differently if the nine member team of students of Government Law College, Ernakulam hadn’t taken to social media.
The campaign launched by the students in the social media with the hash tag #justiceforjisha created a big furore forcing the government to act.
(with ENS, ANI inputs)