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Wife dies after snake bite, court finds Kerala man guilty of murder

The case dates back to May 7, 2020 when Uthra (25), mother of a one-year-old, was found dead due to a snakebite at her home in Anchal in Kollam district. The quantum of punishment for Sooraj S Kumar will be announced on October 13.

Kerala man gets life sentence, kerala snake bite case, Cobra bite case, kerala court, Uthra murder case, kerala news, Indian expressThe cobra that bit her and later found in the same bedroom was reported to have inflicted the bite in the night as Uthra, her husband Sooraj and their one-year-old child slept.

An additional sessions court in Kollam on Monday found a man guilty of killing his wife by making a cobra bite her while she was asleep. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday.

The prosecution submitted that Sooraj, 27, killed Uthra, 25, last year for her gold jewellery, and to marry another woman. The court found Sooraj guilty under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 328 (causing hurt by poison) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence).

A snake-handler named Suresh was arrested for allegedly supplying the snakes to Sooraj. The woman died on the night of May 6, 2020, while she was recovering at her parent’s home after a viper bit her on March 2, when she was at her husband’s house – police investigation had found Sooraj was behind the previous murder attempt.

Police exhumed the cobra and conducted an autopsy to confirm that the same snake had bit Uthra.

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First published on: 11-10-2021 at 01:35:45 pm
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