The man found guilty in the Jisha rape and murder case was today sentenced to death by a sessions court in Kerala’s Ernakulam.
Ameerul Islam, who was the lone accused in the case, was on Tuesday found guilty by the same court.
The case pertains to the brutal rape and murder of Jisha, a law student from Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016. The chargesheet said that Ameerul killed Jisha when she resisted attempted rape.
Ameerul was the only person accused of murder. He was a native of Assam, who had left his home at the age of 10, according to his family.
The trial in the case took 85 days. As many as 100 witnesses, including 15 migrant labourers, were examined by the prosecution which also presented circumstantial evidences before the court against Islam.
The prosecution presented as many as 290 documents and 36 material evidences and the defence counsel examined five witnesses. Evidence presented in the court also include results of the forensic and DNA tests conducted on the accused.
On April 28 last year, Jisha was found murdered in her single-room house on the side of Canal Bund Road at Vattolippady near Perumbavoor. Ameerul had mutilated the victim’s private parts. He had left Perumbavoor a day after the murder and was arrested by the police from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu on June 16.
Though there was no witness to the murder, a neighbour of Jisha had seen the assailant leaving the house. The neighbour later identified Ameerul after his arrest.
The special investigation team (SIT) had taken more than 30 suspects into custody during probe. The SIT had also interrogated and collected statements of 1,500 persons, analysed call data records of over 20 lakh calls, verified fingerprints of 5,000 people an examined DNA of 23 suspects.