Court defers verdict on Kevin murder case to Tuesday
Kottayam: The district principal sessions court deferred the pronouncement of punishment for the 10 convicts in Kevin murder case to Tuesday (August 27).
Court put off the declaration of verdict after hearing the both parties. Defendants argued to avoid death penalty for convicts considering their age. Court also heard the convicts. They pleaded the court to relax the punishment considering the families that are dependent on them.
However, prosecution argued to grant maximum punishment to convicts considering the case as rarest among rare.
Earlier, the court had decided to pronounce the verdict on Saturday in the controversial honour killing case in which a Dalit Christian man named Kevin was killed in 2018. Kevin (23) was abducted and killed by his wife Neenu Chacko’s relatives after he married Neenu at a registrar’s office.
The court had found 10 accused including Neenu’s brother Shanu Chacko as guilty in the case. At the same time, the court acquitted 4 accused including Neenu’s father.
It was reported that on Saturday, the court would hear the response of the accused regarding punishment. Verdict was to be pronounced after hearing opposition and prosecution lawyers.
Considering the case as honour killing, the district principal sessions court completed the trial in the case within three months. Neenu’s relatives abducted and killed Kevin as they thought that her marriage with a man belonging to lower caste would hurt the honour of their family, said prosecution in the court.
It is for the first time, a Kerala Court is pronouncing a verdict on honour killing. The accused are booked for homicide, abduction, conspiracy and house breaking. The district principal sessions court completed the trial after seeking special permission from the High Court. Though the court planned to pronounce the verdict last week, it asked the prosecution to clarify whether it is a case of honour killing or not. In order to prove this, prosecution pointed out the statements of Kevin’s wife Neenu and second witness Lijo, neighbour of Chacko.