DHARMAPURI: A 47-year-old man, who was convicted for raping and murdering a 15-year-old school student, was sentenced to life by the Dharmapuri Mahila court here on Wednesday.
Police said, “On August 8, 2011, when Selvi (name changed), a class X student of Thotlampatti village, was walking to school, Mathappan offered to drop her on his bike. The girl agreed and went with him. But, Mathappan took her to a secluded spot near Thotlampatti lake, where he raped and murdered her. Later he disposed of the body in a well.”
Locals, who spotted the girl’s body, alerted the Palacode police, who recovered the body and registered a case. Probe revealed that Selvi was raped and murdered by Mathappan and the accused too confessed.
Handing a life sentence when the case came up for hearing at the Mahila court here, the judge also slapped a fine of Rs 25,000. Mathappan was lodged in Vellore central prison.