As per Canon law, priest is like father; CBI cooked up stories, claims Sister Sephy in court


“I have prayed for many destitute and helpless people and I would never commit murder. As I’m innocent, I request for relaxation in punishment,” Fr Kottoor requested in the court.

Sister Abhaya, Fr Thomas Kottoor, Sister Sephy | File photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: The accused in Sister Abhaya Murder Case sought relaxation in punishment ahead of pronouncing the quantum of punishment in the CBI special court here.

First accused Fr Thomas Kottoor and third accused Sister Sephy requested in this regard during the hearing. Kottoor pleaded to consider his age and health condition and Sister Sephy stated she has elderly parents.

“I’m 71 years old. I live off of my pension. I have prayed for many destitute and helpless people and I would never commit murder. As I’m innocent, I request for relaxation in punishment,” Fr Kottoor requested in the court. Fr Thomas Kottoor also informed the court that he is a cancer patient.

Sister Sephy said that she is suffering from diabetes and kidney disease and that she has to take care of her aged parents. She also denied the arguments of the prosecution. According to the Canon law, a priest is equal to father. So, no such relationship will be maintained with priests. The prosecution cooked up all the stories, she claimed.

The argument of the prosecution and defence continued for 20 minutes. CBI special court judge K Sanil Kumar pronounced the verdict. On hearing the verdict, the nuns who accompanied Sister Sephy burst into tears.

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