Kochi> The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court has found the accused Muhammed Ameerul Islam guilty in the Jisha murder case. The quantum of punishment will be announced tomorrow.
Ameerul Islam was found guilty under various sections of the IPC including 302 (murder), 376 (Rape) 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in persistent vegetative state while committing rape). The accused, however, was not found guilty under 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and various sections under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) amendment Act 2015.
Ameer Ul Islam, a native of Assam was the main accused in the case,.
Jisha was murdered on April 28, 2016. In the trial which began on November 2, 2016, 100 witnesses were examined for 74 days. There were five witnesses and 19 records in the case.
UDF was in power when Jisha was killed. The Police investigation during those days did not make much headway and it resulted in wide protest .A new Investigation Team was constituted under the supervision of ADGP B Sandhya after the LDF Government came to power. The accused was later arrested from Thanjavur. The chargesheet was filed on September 17, 2016.
As there were no witnesses to the crime, the charge sheet was based on scientific reports like DNA finger print.
As many as 100 witnesses were examined during the trial which commenced in April last.
The prosecution has described it as a rarest of rare case.
The victim's mother had expressed hope that justice will be delivered in the case. She demanded capital punishment for the accused.