Soumya murder: SC quashes Govindachamy’s death sentence

The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the death penalty sentence given to convict Govindachamy in the Soumya murder case.

A three-member bench presided by Justice Ranjan Gogoi quashed the death sentence awarded to Govindachamy by the Thrissur fast track court that was later upheld by Kerala High Court in 2013. The accused has been acquitted of charges under Section 302 of the IPC and will instead serve rigorous imprisonment for seven years under Section 376.

The incident occurred on Feburary 1, 2011.

Soumya, a 23-year-old woman, was travelling in the Kochi- Shornur passenger train. The prosecution’s case was that Govindachamy had pushed Soumya out of the slow moving train after trying to rob her. He also jumped off and then allegedly hit her head with a stone and raped her.

The victim succumbed to injuries at the Government Medical College, Thrissur on February 6.

(Agencies)

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