Kollam: Sooraj S Kumar, who was found guilty of murdering his wife, 25-year-old Uthra, by forcing a poisonous snake to bite her, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in Kollam on Wednesday.
On October 11, Kollam Additional Sessions Court Judge M Manoj had found Sooraj guilty for committing offences under Indian Penal Code (IPC) such as murder (Section 302), attempt to murder (Section 307), causing hurt by means of poison (Section 328), and causing disappearance of evidence of offence (Section 201).
The prosecution had urged the court to award Sooraj death sentence as it was the rarest of the rare cases.
The prosecution had told the court that the 28-year-old had committed four out of the five acts listed by the Supreme Court of India as reasonable grounds for awarding the death sentence.
The sensational, rarely heard crime, which came to be known as the Uthra murder case, was committed on May 7, 2020 at Sooraj’s house at Anchal in Kerala’s Kollam district.