A Kerala man has been sentenced to double life imprisonment for murdering his wife using a Cobra as a murder weapon while she was recuperating at her parent’s house from an earlier case of snake bite. The court has also slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on him.

The verdict was pronounced on October 11, holding Sooraj guilty of killing Uthra, his 25-year-old wife in May 2020, by making her get bitten by a snake.

The Additional Sessions Court in Kerala’s Kollam sentenced Sooraj S Kumar to double life term for murdering Uthra using a snake. Uthra was found dead at her parents’ home in Anchal, Kollam, where she had been recovering from injuries from an earlier snakebite by a viper in March 2020.

Sooraj has been found guilty of poisoning her twice; it was the second snakebite that led to her death. What raised the suspicion was the proximity of the two similar incidents which led the police to investigate murder charges in the case.

When snake experts were called in to aid in the investigation, it was found that the first time she got bit by a viper, Uthra was on the first floor of the house. And vipers do not usually climb trees or heights.

In the second instance, Sooraj established that the snake had come in through the open window, which was not possible as the snake could not have climbed 150 cms to reach the open window. The cops also reportedly used a dummy to scientifically prove that the snake bite was induced and not natural.

The police concluded in their chargesheet that Sooraj wanted to get all the gold and dowry that Uthra had brought along with her. Police said he wanted to get rid of his wife to marry another woman. The couple has a child who is one-and-a-half-year-old living with Uthra’s parents.

Also read: Cachar man dies of snakebite while exhibiting his King Cobra catch

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