A 32-year-old autorickshaw driver, under trial for rape, committed suicide in his house in Vyasarpadi on Wednesday night.

S. Mathivanan, a resident of School Street in Vyasarpadi, and his friend, S. Karthik, were accused in a rape case dating to 2006. They had been out on bail for the past few months and the case was being heard in the city Mahila Court.

Mathivanan was afraid of the sentence they would receive. Worried, he hung himself in his house on Wednesday night. Proceedings in the rape case have been adjourned to February 20 by the city Mahila Court.

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