INDIA: ENGINEER SENTENCED TO DEATH
January 21, 2015: In India, a Poonamallee court sentenced a 26-year-old aeronautical engineer to death for the murder and robbery of a pawnbroker at Nerkundram in 2012.
Handing down the sentence, the Third Additional District and Sessions Judge, Poonamallee, S.Mahalakshmi, said it was a ārarest of rareā case and hence she was sentencing the accused to death by hanging.
As the accused was awarded the death sentence, the court was not imposing any fine on him, the Judge said. She also observed that youngsters should use their education to work hard and come up in life.
The prosecution case was that the accused, Ramajayam of Parangipet, Chidambaram, posed himself as a customer at Balaji Jewellery and Pawnshop at Nerkundram on April 14, 2012 when the victim Gunaram alias Ganesh was alone in his shop.
When Gunaram went inside the locker room to bring jewels, Ramajayam stabbed him and slit his throat. Later, he looted 32 numbers of covering jewellery and escaped. The Maduravoyal police registered a case. The CCTV camera in the shop helped them in the probe. (Sources: thehindu.com, 22/01/2015)