Jisha murder case: Accused Ameer Ul-Islam gets death penalty

Jisha murder case: Accused Ameer Ul-Islam gets death penalty

The principal sessions court in Ernakulam ruled that it was a "rarest of the rare" case and handed the maximum punishment to Ameerul Islam, 25, who hails from Nagaon in Assam and had been working in Kerala for the past eight years.

The murdered student was found dead in a pool of blood in her home in Perumbavoor town on April 28, 2016, with almost 30 stab wounds and bite marks on her severely disfigured corpse. "I will not get her (Jisha) back but I am happy with the verdict", said Jisha's sister Deepa.

Prosecution advocate N K Unnikrishnan, welcoming the judgement, was quoted by The Indian Express as saying he was happy that the highest punishment was awarded by the court because that is what society had demanded.

He said his client was not treated to a fair trial and the defence team would appeal the sentence in a higher court.

The court was supposed to pronounce the sentence on Wednesday, but adjourned to Thursday after arguments over the quantum of sentence were completed. The court ordered transfer of the convict, who had so far been lodged in a sub-jail near Kochi under judicial custody, to the Central Prison at Viyyur, Thrissur. Her mother, Rajeshwari, who works as a casual labourer, discovered her body. A Tiruppur court on Tuesday awarded death sentence to six out of the eight convicts in the honor killing of a dalit youth V.Shankar in Udumalpet town on March 13, 2016.The victim's father-in-law Chinnasamy, 44, was among the six convicts sentenced to death in the case. The verdict comes after 19 months.

Ameerul was drunk and barged into Jisha's house and tried to sexually assault her.

The Special Investigation Team probing the case had used DNA technology and verification of call record details to prove Islam's involvement in the crime. The prosecution had produced in the court 291 documents and 36 exhibits to prove its case and a total of 105 witnesses were examined during the trial. He raped her after that and mutilated her genitals using the knife.

Assamese native Ameerul Islam is the lone accused in the case in which the prosecution relied on circumstantial and material evidence in the absence of direct ones. A medical report said that the bite injury found on his finger was inflicted by Jisha herself.

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