The Fifth Additional District and Sessions Judge, Puttur, T.J. Shivashankaregowda, on Monday convicted Girish Poojary and his wife Parvathi for murder of 80-year-old relative of a jeweller and theft of articles in Ramakunja in Puttur in 2007.

Poojary and Parvathi started working in the farm house of jeweller Krishnaraj M.S. in September 2007. When Mr. Krishnaraj was not in the house, the prosecution said, Poojary called Mr. Krishnaraj’s mother Sunanda to the farm on the pretext that there was a theft of coconuts at the farm. On her arrival, Poojary tied Sunanda to a tree. He then called Mr. Krisharaj’s wife Vani to the farm and tied her also to another tree. Poojary and his wife then snatched gold necklaces, bangles and earrings worn by the two women. The duo then took the two women to the house and made them open cupboards and robbed gold ornaments, silver articles and cash.

At this point, Bharati, the 80-year-old relative of the jeweller, reached the house and seeing the robbery tried to raise an alarm, said the prosecution. Poojary, in an effort to stop her, smothered her to death.

Prosecutor K. Shivaprasad Alva examined 26 witnesses. The quantum of punishment will be announced on November 5.

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