Coimbatore rape & murder: Court convicts main accused

A court today convicted Santhosh Kumar, the main accused in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl at Thudiyalur in Coimbatore in March.

The Coimbatore district POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court said it will pronounce the verdict in the case later today.

Meanwhile, there was another man involved in the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl at Thudiyalur in March according to the forensic report, reports said, quoting legal sources.

A day before the verdict was set to be pronounced by the Mahila Court on Friday, the victim’s mother submitted a petition on Thursday regarding the involvement of another man other than the accused Santhosh Kumar.

The petition was based on the forensic report, which detected the presence of “DNA profile of a male individual” in addition to the accused, reports said.

The seven-year-old girl, who went missing on March 24, was found dead near her house the following day, with her limbs tied.

The incident, which happened in March this year, had triggered massive protests in Coimbatore as people demanded immediate arrest of the accused.

A 34-year-old man, Santosh Kumar, was taken into custody almost a week later on charges of sexually assaulting and murdering the minor girl in Pannimadai.