2 Convicted For Latvian Tourist's 2018 Rape-Murder In Kerala

The accused were found guilty based on circumstantial evidence and the court will on December 5 pronounce the order on the sentencing.

The court will on December 5 pronounce the order on the sentencing.

Thiruvananthapuram:

A local court in Kerala today convicted two persons for raping and murdering a Latvian woman tourist who went missing in 2018 from Kovalam near Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvananthapuram Sessions Court convicted the accused Umesh and Udayan under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including rape and murder of the 33-year old Latvian tourist, who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances from Kovalam on March 14, 2018.

The accused were found guilty based on circumstantial evidence and the court will on December 5 pronounce the order on the sentencing.

"The body was found after 38 days and in a decomposed state due to which we lost a lot of biological evidence but the police were able to build a case based on circumstantial evidence and the prosecution was able to successfully prove it in the court," the prosecutor told the media.

The highly decomposed and headless body of the woman was recovered from a mangrove forest at nearby Thiruvallam on April 21, 2018 and the accused, Umesh and Udayan, were arrested on May 3, 2018.

IG P Prakash, who met the media outside the court complex in Thiruvananthapuram said he was very happy to learn about the verdict.

Mr Prakash was the city police Commissioner when the incident happened.

"We are just happy that we could bring the culprits before justice. There were many issues in the case. The body was found in a very decomposed state. It was a very challenging case. The locals were not cooperating in the case. This is an issue relating to a foreign lady. We were able to provide justice to her family," Mr Prakash said.

The accused were charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape)and 20(b) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances NDPS Act.

Police had said that the woman was raped and murdered by the two accused, who are drug peddlers, on March 14, the day she went missing.

The accused lured her to the spot saying it was a scenic and beautiful place, made her consume ganja, and then sexually assaulted and strangled her to death, they said.
 

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