Aluva mass murder: Antony’s death commuted to life term
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence awarded to Antony, who murdered six persons of a family in Aluva in 2001, to life sentence.
A bench led by justice Madan B Lokur pronounced the verdict and commuted the punishment on a review plea filed by the accused.
Antony was named accused in the mass murder held on January 6, 2001. Though a plea was filed in the SC to review the verdict, the apex court ruled in favour of the death sentence in 2009. Following that, a mercy plea was submitted to the President and a review petition to Supreme Court. Both were rejected later. The new SC verdict comes while hearing the fresh review pleas.
According to the 2014 Supreme Court verdict, such review petitions have to be heard in open court. Taking the benefit of this verdict, once again a review petition was filed in the court. Considering the plea, the Supreme Court commuted the death sentence.
The incident related to the sensational case happened on January 6. Antony had hacked to death Augustine (47) of Manjooran House on Pipeline road near St Mary’s School, Augustine’s wife Baby (42), children Jesmon (14), Divya (12), Augustine’s mother Clara Tommy and his sister Kochurani (42).
Antony, a resident of Vatican Street in Aluva, was a distant relative and also a family friend of Augustine.
Kochurani had assured to provide financial assistance to Antony, who was serving as a temporary driver at Aluva municipal office, to go abroad. The vengeance over the refusal of money resulted in Antony committing the mass murder.
After the incident, Antony escaped to Damam via Mumbai. Upon finding that he was guilty, police summoned him and arrested him on February 18, 2001.
Antony was found guilty in the investigation by CBI in 2005 and he was granted death sentence. Currently, he was lodged in Poojappura Central Jail.