Verdict on Kevin murder case deferred to Aug 22
Kottayam: The Kottayam Principal Sessions Court has postponed pronouncing the verdict on Kevin murder case to August 22. The verdict was scheduled to be pronounced on August 14.
The prosecution on Wednesday argued in the court that the murder of Kevin was a case of honour killing. However, the opposition raised counter argument in the court that since the boy and girl were of same faith and has more or less similar financial status, the point of honour killing is irrelevant in the case. After hearing the argument, the sessions court postponed the verdict.
The prosecution had completed the argument a couple of weeks back. As per the prosecution case, a gang abducted Kevin from his residence to Thenmala and drowned him at Chaliyakkara.
There were 14 accused in the case and the trial began on April 24. A total of 113 witnesses were examined.
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.