Kollam: A sessions court in Kerala on Wednesday awarded a life sentence in the Uthra murder case to the victim’s husband for killing his wife using a cobra.
On October 11, the court had held the husband — Sooraj S Kumar — guilty of murder, poisoning, destruction of evidence and also attempt to murder for his first try at killing his then 25-year old wife — Uthra — by using a viper.
Additional Sessions Judge-VI Manoj M, who pronounced the sentence, said the case was a rarest of the rare, but looking at the age of the convict — 28 years now — it decided to award him a life sentence instead of death, a lawyer present in the court said.
The lawyer also said that the court awarded Kumar a life sentence for the offence of an attempt to murder, 10 years for poisoning and seven years for destruction of evidence.
The court also imposed a total fine of Rs 5.85 lakh on the convict, the lawyer said.
Sooraj had killed his wife Uthra by letting a cobra bite her in her sleep in May last year.