Mangaluru, Apr 25, 2015: The Second Additional District and Sessions Court which has convicted all five accused in the case of murder of Kavoor Mullakad resident Kumar has sentenced them to life imprisonment on April 24, Friday.
Though the court had proved them guilty on April 23, but the quantum of punishment was announced on Friday as one of the convicts Akshay Kottary had managed to escape from the court premises that day. He was however arrested at Suratkal the same evening. The court has also directed all the five to pay a fine of Rs 5000 each failing which they will have to undergo an additional three months of imprisonment.
The Court has even directed the DK Legal Service Authority to decide on the compensation to be paid to the mother of the deceased Kumar, as he belongs to the Scheduled Tribe.
The convicts are Santosh Poojary (29) of Akashbhavan, Gautham alias Gowth (25) from Akash Bhavan,Akshay Kottary (24) from Ashoknagar, Gaurish alias Sujith (24) from Bajal and Harsharaj alias Harshith (23) from Kulshekhar.
The murder of Kumar alias Bongu (18) took place near Kavoor Fourth Mile on the night of June 15, 2012. The assailants who came by a car had accosted Kumar who was on way home with his friends after buying mosquito coils in a nearby shop. Kumar had later breathed his last in the hospital.
It is said it was a revenge killing to avenge the attack on Gowthu, Santosh and Gaurish by the rival Pradeep gang in March 2011.
If three of the accused in Kumar murder case were arrested within three days of the murder, the remaining two were apprehended later.
Police are still on the lookout for the sixth accused Rohidas who is absconding.