KOCHI: The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday convicted lone accused Ameerul Islam, a native of Assam, of murder and rape of Dalit law student Jisha last year. 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).
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Wednesday. The court had completed the hearing in the case on December 6 and posted it on Tuesday for final judgment. The trial, which began on March 13 this year, took 85 days.
As many as 100 witnesses, 291 documents and 36 material objects were examined by the prosecution while five witnesses and 19 documents were presented by the defence counsel.
Based on the medical reports and DNA examination results, the accused was found guilty in committing the brutal murder and rape. The charges under relevant sections of SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act have not been sustained, the court said.
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