Soumya murder case convict gets death sentence

Soumya rape and murder case accused Govindachamy was awarded capital punishment today.

FP Staff November 11, 2011 15:08:32 IST

The man who pushed a woman passenger returning from work  out of a train when she resisted molestation and subsequently raped and killed her, was awarded death sentence by a Thrissur fast track court today.

Soumya rape and murder case accused Govindachamy was awarded capital punishment today.

Soumya was raped in a compartment of Kochi-Shornur passenger train and was pushed out of it in February this year. Special Prosecutor A Suresan had pleaded for the maximum punishment of death.

Soumya murder case convict gets death sentence

Somya rape and murder case accused Govindachami was awarded capital punishment today. Image from ibnlive

Pressing for maximum punishment, the prosecution submitted that the accused was a 'habitual offender' and produced documentary evidence from the Tamil Nadu Crime Bureau of Police that he had been convicted in eight cases in Tamil Nadu between 2004 to 2008.

A beggar, 30-year-old Govindachamy from Virudhachalam in Tamil Nadu, assaulted 23-year-old Soumya, who was travelling in an empty ladies' compartment of Kochi-Shornur passenger on the way home on 1 February, 2011. She worked as a sales girl at a mall in Kochi .

When Soumya resisted the rape attempt, the beggar pushed her out of the moving train near Vallathol Nagar station. The beggar jumped out along with the girl and raped her while she was lying injured near the railway track. Soumya was found lying unconscious near the railway track and was moved to a hospital later, but succumbed to injuries on 6 February, reported The Times of India.

Govindachamy was found guilty of rape and murder by the special court judge, KN Raveendra Babu, on 31 October.

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