Coimbatore rape & murder: Court convicts main accused

FILE PHOTO OF COIMBATORE CASE

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore district POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Court today convicted Santhosh Kumar, the main accused in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl at Thudiyalur here in March this year. The punishment details will be spelled out later today.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the victim’s mother submitted a petition regarding the involvement of another man other than the accused Santhosh Kumar.

The petition was based on the forensic report, which detected the presence of ‘DNA profile of a male individual’ in addition to the accused, reports said.

On 24 March, the girl went missing from her house. Later on the same day, the girl’s mother had filed a missing person’s complaint.

The next day, police discovered the mutilated body of the girl near the complainant’s house. An autopsy confirmed that she was raped before being smothered to death.

NT Bureau