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Mangaluru court calls for death sentence to rape, murder accused

A court in Mangaluru sentenced a man to death after he reportedly killed a woman after he raped her and offered her a contraceptive pill laced with cyanide at Kempegowda bus station in Bengaluru in 2005. However, the response from the Karnataka high court is pending.

Mangaluru court calls for death sentence to rape, murder accused
Mangalore, First Published Oct 25, 2019, 12:24 PM IST
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Mangaluru: A local court has sentenced a notorious serial killer to death for the murder of an Anganwadi worker from Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada district in 2005.

The sixth Additional District and Sessions Judge, Sayeedunnisa on Thursday (October 24) handed down a death penalty to "Cyanide" Mohan for raping and murdering a woman at the Kempegowda bus station in Bengaluru on October 22, 2005.

In the case, the judge had on Tuesday convicted Mohan for various offences, including the murder of a teen.

He has also been sentenced to various prison terms, including ten years for abduction, seven years for rape, ten years for poisoning, five years for robbery, ten years for voluntary causing hurt in committing robbery, one year for cheating and seven years for destroying evidence.

All sentences would run concurrently till the death sentence is confirmed by the high court, public prosecutor Judith OM Crasta said.

The Judge also directed the district legal services authority to pay compensation to the victim's sister.

According to reports, this is the fourth murder case in which Mohan has been awarded the death sentence.

In two previous verdicts of capital punishment, the sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and five years' imprisonment by the high court.

With the latest verdict, he has already been convicted in 17 murder cases while the trials in three other murder cases are still on.

After a series of cases of luring women with an offer of marriage on false identities, rape, and killing them with contraceptive pills laced with cyanide, Mohan was finally arrested by Bantwal rural police in 2009.

In the latest case in which the verdict has been delivered, he befriended the Anganwadi worker from Bantwal, took her to Bengaluru on the promise of marriage.

Mohan had adopted the same modus operandi in all the murder cases registered against him.

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