The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of a person convicted for gruesome rape and murder of a widow in Bangalore 12 years ago saying the manner of committing offence brings it within the category of rarest of rare cases.
A bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and A K Pathak refused to show any leniency to the convict who had raped and smothered the victim after tying her hands behind.
“We are satisfied that the extreme depravity with which the offences were committed and the merciless manner in which death was inflicted on the victim,brings it within the category of rarest of rare cases which merits the death penalty,” the court said.
The court also took into consideration that the convict B A Umesh is a habitual offender who was earlier convicted for various offences.
“The antecedents of the appellant and his subsequent conduct indicates that he is a menace to society and is incapable of rehabilitation. The offences committed by the appellant were neither under duress nor on provocation and an innocent life was snuffed out by him after committing violent rape on the victim,” the bench said.