Soumya murder case: SC awards seven year jail to convict instead of death penalty

Kerala, 15 Sept: The Supreme Court awarded seven year jail term to the culprit Govindachamy in the Soumya murder case on Thursday after dismissing the capital punishment given by lower courts.

A three-member bench chaired by Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the capital punishment awarded to Govindachamy by the Thrissur fast track court that was later confirmed by Kerala High Court in 2013. Following which the convict challenged the order in Top Court.

As per Top Court’s ruling the accused will serve rigorous imprisonment for seven years under Section 376.

“Insofar as the offence under Section 376 is concerned, it is reasonably clear to us that it has been proved. However, as far as the charge under Section 302 is concerned, it is mostly circumstantial, not proved beyond reasonable doubt,” said the bench, reports barandbench.com.

The move was taken after the apex court slammed the prosecution for not presenting enough evidence against Govindachamy.

Soumya, a 24-year-old employee at a shopping mall in Kochi, was raped by Govindachami and thrashed out of a running passenger train while she was travelling from Ernakulam to Shoranur on February 1, 2011.

She later succumbed to death at the hospital on February 6.

Wefornews Bureau

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