A sessions court in Kerala’s Ernakulam city on Thursday sentenced the convict in the law student’s rape and murder case to death, ANI reported. The court had on Tuesday held Ameerul Islam guilty of trespassing, wrongful confinement, rape and murder.
“I didn’t do it. I don’t know who did it,” Islam told the media while being taken to court on Wednesday. The prosecution had demanded death penalty for the convict.
The 29-year-old law student was found raped and murdered in her home in Ernakulam on April 28, 2016. The autopsy report showed she was tortured with a sharp instrument. The final report also confirmed that her attackers tried to rape her. Her body had more than 30 wounds.
On November 9, the victim’s father was found dead near Kochi. The police had filed a case of unnatural death. Three months ago, another witness in the case, one Sabu Mathai, was also found dead in his home.