WAYANAD: A court here on Monday handed down the death sentence to a man convicted of murdering a newly married couple in 2018 in Vellamunda Kandathuvayalil area of Wayanad district.
District and Sessions Judge V Harris also imposed a fine of Rs 12 lakh on the 48-year-old convict – Kalangottummal Viswanathan – from Kavilumpara in Kozhikode district.
The court ordered the convict to be hanged to death for the murder of the couple — Ummer (26) and Fathima (19) from Purinjiyilvayal in Vellamunda — on July 6, 2018.
Robbery was the motive for the double murder, the prosecution said.
The court also imposed seven years in rigorous imprisonment for robbery, 10 years for burglary and seven years for destruction of evidence.
The court, in its order, appreciated the efforts of the police team led by Mananthavady DySP KM Devasia, in solving the double murder case as there were not many leads in the case.
Police tailed hundreds of suspects, including Viswanathan, before identifying him as the real culprit and catching him.
It was in November 2020 that the indictment was filed in the case and around 45 witnesses from a list of 72 were interviewed during the trial.