Kochi: The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court, which found Assam-native Ameer Ul Islam guilty in the murder of a law student in Perumbavoor, has pronounced death sentence. The court also fined him with Rs 5 lakh.

The court observed it is the rarest of rare case and termed it a brutal murder.

Ameer will be shifted to the Central Prison in Viyyur.

Ernakulam Principal Sessions court judge N Anil Kumar awarded death penalty to Islam. Islam has been awarded life imprisonment for committing the rape of the woman after he was also found guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in persistent vegetative state while committing rape).

A 15-page case verdict was read in the court. The verdict comes after 19 months. The murder took place on April 28, 2016.

After his conviction in the case, the court heard the arguments of both the defence and the prosecution on Wednesday.

The Prosecution had submitted before the court that the murder was brutal. Comparing the case with the Nirbhaya case, the Prosecution had sought death penalty for convict.

The court on Tuesday held Ameer Ul guilty of all charges including rape and murder except for destruction of evidence and violations under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.

The charges proven against him included IPC Sections 449 (house trespass), 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (rape) and 302 (murder).