Kottiyoor rape case: Second accused surrenders

One more person charged with covering up the rape of a minor girl allegedly by a catholic priest in Kottiyoor in Kannur district, surrendered before police on Saturday.

Thangamma Nelliyani, the second accused, surrendered around 7.00 am.

Thalassery Additional Sessions court had on Friday granted bail to three accused in the case- Wayanad Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Chairman Fr Thomas Joseph Therakam, its committee member Betty Jose and Superintendent of an orphanage in Wayanad Sister Ophelia- after they surrendered before police.

The Kerala High Court had on March 14 directed the four accused to surrender before the investigating officers within five days while hearing their bail pleas.

Fr. Robin Vadakkencheril, who was the vicar of the local church in Kottiyoor and the prime accused in the case was arrested on February 28 on charges of sexually exploiting and impregnating the 16-year-old girl.

(Agencies)

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