Kerala law student's murder accused held guilty

Saul Bowman
December 13, 2017

Kochi: The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Tuesday found accused Ameer Ul Islam guilty in the Jisha murder case.

"The court accepted the argument that Ameer-ul-Islam forcefully entered the house and committed the rape and murder between 5.30 pm and 6 pm."...scientific evidences including DNA analysis clearly reveal that the accused was present in the house at the residence of the deceased on that fateful day and committed rape and murder.

The accused was charged under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 302 (murder), 376 (Rape) 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in a persistent vegetative state while committing rape).

NDTV quoted the mother as saying, "I am happy that he has been convicted".

The punishment will be pronounced tomorrow. Ahead of the verdict being delivered, Rajeshwari had told media persons that she wants Ameerul to be given the death sentence.

The case pertains to brutal rape and murder of the Dalit woman at her house in Vattolipadi, near Perumbavoor, on April 28, 2016. That it had occurred to a Dalit woman struggling with poor conditions of life, and within her own home drove the anger further. It was a black rubber slipper found near the scene of the crime that led the police to Ameerul. In a case where there was no direct evidence, the court observed that the evidences especially that obtained through DNA technology and call data records submitted by the prosecution helped in finding the accused "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt".

The court had found him guilty under 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence of offence) and various sections under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) amendment Act 2015.

The trial in the case took 85 days. The special investigation team (SIT) had taken more than 30 suspects into custody during probe.

However, the defence side argued that there were no clear witness statements or evidence in the case.

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