MADURAI: Madras High Court upheld the trial court’s conviction and life sentence of an employee for the murder of a hotel cashier in Virudhunagar in 2012. The deceased Rajamani was a cashier at a hotel in Srivilliputhur where calling Ravi was a daily bet.
Ravi frequently asked Rajamani for money. When Rajamani informed the owner, he reprimanded the caller. Following this, Ravi threatened Rajamani and planned to eliminate him. At around 4 a.m. on January 17, 2012, while Rajamani was sleeping at the hotel, the caller strangled him using a coconut rope and escaped. City of Srivilliputhur the police investigated the case. A few days later, the appellant went to a tahsildar and made a confession.
In 2015, Srivilliputhur Main District and Sessions Court found him guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment for an offense under Section 302 (murder) of IPC. Disputing it, he had filed the present criminal appeal. Rejecting the appellant’s assertion that the deceased could have died by suicide, a divisional bench consisting of Justices PN Prakash and R Hemalatha observed that the doctor’s testimony and the autopsy certificate clearly indicated that he died. was a homicide case. The autopsy certificate clearly mentions that the deceased was strangled with a coconut rope and that the rope was tightened by twisting it three times around his neck. A person who commits suicide could not have wound the rope around his neck on his own.
The judges observed that the chain of events associated with the missing defendant and the “last seen” theory is unbreakable. The prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the appellant committed the offence.