A young woman advocate was allegedly stabbed to death by her paramour, who later tried to stab himself, at the premises of the Karnataka High Court here on Thursday.

The incident occurred around 1.50 p.m. near the Court Hall No. 3 at the first floor of the High Court. The victim, identified as J.S. Naveena (25), succumbed to injuries on the spot.

High Court police identified the accused as Rajappa (29), a paramour of the victim.

After committing the crime, the accused had attempted suicide by slitting his throat at the murder scene. However, he ran away from the spot when his colleagues tried to catch him and entered a retroom in the court where he consumed pesticide. The police and other advocates chased and nabbed him, an eye witness said.

Rajappa allegedly stabbed the victim at least four times leading to her death. Naveena received injuries in the neck and chest. Both were wearing black robes when the incident occurred, sources of the High Court police station said.

According to the police, the motive behind the gruesome murder is yet to be ascertained.