October 31st, 2011
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Soumya murder case: Govindchamy convicted

GovindachamyThiruvananthapuram: Govindachamy, the prime accused in the Soumya murder case was found to be guilty and has been convicted by the Thrissur fast track court. 15 cases have been imposed upon the convicted. Fast Track court Judge K N Raveendra Babu delivered the judgement. He has been found guilty under IPC 302, 376,394 and 447. The crimes committed by him are murder, rape, attempt for robbery, forceful entry into ladies compartment.

The Court also directed to initiate a criminal case against Dr Unmesh, associate professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Thrissur Medical College, in connection with the post mortem controversy of Soumya. The doctor is said to have manipulated the report in favour of the convict. He is found guilty under IPC 193. As per the documents submitted before the court Forensic head, Thrissur Medical College, Sherli Vasu conducted the post mortem. However, Dr Unmesh in his witness statement declared that the post mortem was conducted by him.

” I have no father and mother, I am an orphan. I have not committed any crime,” Govindchamy told the court today.

30-year-old Govindachamy,hailing from Virudhachalam in Tamil Nadu, assaulted Soumya in the ladies compartment of the Kochi-Shornur Passenger train on February 1 and pushed her out of the running train immediately after it left the Vallathol Nagar railway station.

She was on her way home at Manjakad near Shornur after attending office at Ernakulam. Govindachamy was arrested on February 3 from Palakaad. Soumya had succumbed to injuries at the Thrissur Medical College Hospital on February 6. Charges against Govindachamy were framed under various IPC sections including 302 (Murder) and 376 (Rape). The trial that began on June 6, 2011 ended on last Tuesday.

Out of a total of 154 witnesses, statements of 82 were recorded before the court. Besides, 105 documents, 43 pieces of evidence were also produced before the court pressing for the capital punishment to the accused

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