KOLLAM: An additional sessions court in Kerala's Kollam district on Wednesday awarded double life sentence to Sooraj S Kumar who was found guilty of murdering his 25-year-old wife, Uthra using a cobra.
The court also imposed fine of Rs 5.60 lakh on Sooraj.
Announcing the quantum of punishment, additional sessions judge-VI Manoj M said that the convict would have to serve 10 years and 7 years of jail terms consecutively before the commencement of the double life term.
While considering the prosecution's plea to award capital punishment to Sooraj, the court considered his young age and the absence of criminal background.
The court also recorded in the verdict that the case could not be considered as the rarest of rare.
The court held Sooraj guilty of murder, poisoning, destruction of evidence and also attempt to murder for his first try at killing Uthra using a viper.
Special prosecutor G Mohanraj had told the court that Sooraj committed four out of five acts listed by the Supreme Court as reasonable grounds for awarding capital punishment.
Uthra 's father Vijayasenan and brother Vishu were present at the court.
The convict was shifted to the Central prison in Thiruvananthapuram.
The incident, occurred on May 7, 2020 shook the conscience of the society as the accused used a cobra to kill his wife.
The prosecution produced 87 witnesses, 288 documents, and 40 material evidences during the trial.