Kochi: A Kerala sessions court has sentenced a husband to double life imprisonment for killing his wife using a cobra snake. The court had on October 11 convicted Suraj S Kumar of murdering, poisoning, erasing evidence and attempted murder using cobra. Additional Sessions Judge Manoj M, who pronounced the sentence, said the case is the rarest of rare, but in view of the age of the convict (28 years), it has been decided to sentence him to life imprisonment instead of the death penalty. A lawyer in the court has given information in this regard.
The lawyer also said that the court has sentenced Kumar to life imprisonment for attempted murder, 10 years in a poisoning case and seven years in prison for destroying evidence. The lawyer said the court has also imposed a total fine of Rs 5.85 lakh on the convict. Suraj had killed his wife Uthra in May last year when she was sleeping with a cobra. Earlier, while securing the verdict, the court had said that the guilty was not entitled to sympathy for the heinous crime. The prosecution had sought punishment-e-death for the 28-year-old convict.
Suraj was found guilty under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 328 and 201 of the IPC. The prosecution argued that he had drugged his wife and killed her on May 7, 2020, leaving the cobra on top of her. The 25-year-old woman was already undergoing treatment for a snake bite, after which her husband left another cobra on top of her. The prosecution had said that she had escaped the snake bite earlier, though she lost her life due to a cobra bite for the second time.