Special Correspondent

ONGOLE : District and Sessions Judge B Sivasankara Rao here on Wednesday convicted one Madduri Prabhakara Rao for killing his wife suspecting her fidelity and sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and pay a fine of Rs. 100.

According to prosecution, Prabhakara Rao had deserted his wife and married the deceased Jonnalagadda Veera Anjamma three years ago.

Anjamma was a widow and she got a son by her earlier marriage. After marrying Prabhakara Rao, she and her son started living with him in Orugnativaripalem of Ponnalur mandal.

In this background, the couple went to work on tobacco barns in the nearby village of Z Mekapadu where he started suspecting her fidelity and resorted to beating her often. On the fateful day, December 25, 2005, the couple went to church for prayers.

When they were returning home after 5 pm, Prabhakara Rao took Anjamma aside asking her 11-year-old son to wait on the road.

As the couple did not return even after 10 minutes, the boy went in search of them and found Prabhakara Rao strangulating Anjamma with her sari.

He ran away and informed the villagers about the incident on the next day. The villagers went to the place of the offence and found the body of Anjamma.

They informed the police, who registered a case.

Prabhakara Rao, who was at large, surrendered to police after the case came up for hearing.

I Mallikarjuna Rao, who conducted prosecution, examined 11 witnesses who deposed before the court that they had seen the couple during prayers at the church and also on their way back home.