Kerala High Court on Monday recorded the statement of notorious death row convict ‘Ripper’ Jayanandan, accused of murdering eight persons, as part of hearing on his appeal and the death sentence reference.
The accused was produced on the direction of a division bench comprising Justice V K Mohanan and Justice B Kemal Pasha, after the court found that he was not properly examined by the trial court.
The judges recorded the statement of the convict and he was sent back to the jail. Hearing on the death sentence reference will continue on Tuesday.
While hearing the appeal of the accused and death sentence reference, court found some defects in recording the statement of the accused and ordered his production.
The accused, who was brought under tight security, is an accused in over 20 cases, besides the eight murders. He had escaped from Thiruvananthapuram Central Prison last year and was later nabbed.
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