Vidhukumaran Thampi murder case: Death for two
Friday March 24 2006 00:00 IST
KOLLAM: Kollam Sessions Fast Track Court judge Francis on Thursday sentenced the first accused Raju and the second accused Binithakumari to death in the Vidhukumaran Thampi murder case.
Pronouncing the judgment, the judge said that the crime was the rarest of the rare cases and the accused could not be granted mercy. Killing the husband after poisoning him with the help of the lover was a heinous crime, the judge said.
Besides capital punishment, both the accused have been awarded life imprisonment under IPC 120 B for criminal conspiracy and five years of rigorous imprisonment for destroying evidence. However the punishment could be undergone concurrently.
Pradeep the fifth witness in the case who was the driver of the car, which had taken the body to Ooty had turned hostile during the trial. The court has ordered action against him for lying before the court.
It was on April 18, 2000 that Vidhukumaran Thampi, a native of Thiruvananthapuram district, was given poison by his wife and her lover Raju, an Armyman attached to the Pangode military camp, at the rented house of Thampi at Mundakkal near here.
Later, he was taken to a house at Kumarapuram in Thiruvananthapuram and was killed.
The body was later taken in a car to Ootty and was dumped there. Both the accused then spent a few days in Ootty and returned to Kollam. Some local people, who grew suspicious, rounded them up and informed the police.
The probe conducted by a police team led by Kollam West circle-inspector C Jayachandran Nair unravelled the mystery behind the disappearance of Thampi.
Public prosecutor Shenaji appeared for the prosecution. A large crowd gathered on the court premises to hear the verdict. The convicts were taken to the district jail here.