Court terms Kevin murder as honour killing, declares 10 guilty
Kottayam: Kottayam Principal Sessions Court on Thursday termed the controversial Kevin murder case as an hounour killing and found all main accused in the case including Shanu Chacko, the brother of Neenu, guilty. However, Neenu's father Chacko was acquitted. Court convicted 10 accused while acquitted four others in the list. Punishments will be announced on Saturday.
Including Chacko and Shanu Chacko, 14 were named in the accused list. First accused was Shanu Chacko, second accused was Niyas Mon, Ishan, Riyas, Chacko, Manu Muraleedharan, Shefin, Nishad, Tittu Jeram, Vishnu, Fazil Sherif, Sheenu Shajahan, Shinu Nasar and Ramees, the names followed. Among this, nine are in jail and five are on bail.
Earlier, the high court had directed the court to complete the trial of the case within six months. However, the verdict came when three more months are left. Prosecution had argued in the court that the case was rarest among rare and it was a case of honour killing. However, in the counter argument, the opposition argued that since the two parties are Christians, the case is not an honour killing.
The trial of the case lasted for 90 days since its beginning on April 26, 2019. Lawyers opined that completing trial in short period on such big cases is rare.
Court also considered the possibilities of the charges under murder and kidnapping.
Kevin P Joseph was abducted on May 27, 2018 by a gang allegedly hired by his wife's family and his body was found in a river in Kollam district a day later.
During the ongoing trial in the case in the District Additional Sessions Court, Kevin's wife submitted that it was a case of honour killing as he was abducted and killed by her relatives.
She also told the court that her father had objected to her relationship as he belonged to a lower caste. She had alleged that 23-year-old Kevin was abducted and killed by her relatives as they thought that their marriage would dishonour their family.