Kottayam: When the hearing in the Kevin murder case started, Neenu’s father and 5th accused Chacko was praying with folded hands standing next to the witness box.
He kept praying for around half-an-hour from the moment Neenu’s hearing started. Meanwhile, Neenu’s mother Rahna was sitting on the bench inside the court room with a sorrowful face chanting a prayer.
In between Rahna was asking the other accused in the case if they needed water. But by then, their advocate had handed over four bottles of water, given to him by someone else, to the other accused.
When people gathered outside the court to witness the hearing of Kevin murder case, the judge asked the elderly to come inside the court room and sit on the benches.
On hearing this, many people started jostling to get in. On seeing this the judge clarified with a smile, “only the elderly.”
“Does anyone at home call you Ponnu?” The defendant’s advocate asked Neenu.
“Everyone calls me Ponnu,” answered Neenu.
“What is the age difference between you and your brother Shanu?” Was the defendant’s advocate’s next question.
“Six years,” replied Neenu.
“So your parents had to wait for you?” the defendant’s advocate’s next question confused Neenu.
While she kept thinking how to answer, the judge said, “How can she know that?”. The court room broke into laughter.
When Neenu was entering the court room, her mother Rahna was standing near the door. But Neenu did not look at anyone in the court room. Calmly and impassively she went and stood inside the witness box. Neenu answered firmly and without taking her eyes off the judge. But at one point, Neenu broke into tears and she left the court room weeping.
During the hearing, Neenu stated that she did not inform her parents about her affair with Kevin as she was afraid. Neenu said that her parents used to beat her from a young age. “Once my father hit me on the head with a torch light. When I cried aloud, my mother would rub chilli in my mouth. My parents used to quarrel all the time. They would react suddenly,” Neenu told the court.