Madras HC approves death for coconut plucker on raping and murdering of 20-year-old in Theni

The Madras High Court on Wednesday validated the death penalty imposed by a lower court in March last year for raping and murdering a 20-year-old college student near Suruli falls in Theni district in May 2011.

A Division Bench of Justices R. Subbiah and B. Pugalendhi avered that it was a fit case for imposing capital punishment since the crime had taken place in a frightful manner with the convict T. Kattaivellai who also murdered the woman’s lover too when the latter tried to defend her.

The Theni Principal District and Sessions Court had sentenced the convict to death for assassinating the college student and also imposed life imprisonment for having murdered her lover too. He was conferred seven years of life imprisonment for the assessment of rape. After declaring the judgment, the hearing judge transferred the case to the High Court for approval as mandated under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The Division Bench directed by Justice Subbiah took up the evidence and heard the case at length at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court. Declaring the verdict at the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai on Wednesday, the Bench held that it did not discover any reason to prevent the punishment imposed by the hearing court

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