The Cuddalore Mahila Court Judge Thirumagal on Wednesday awarded double life sentence to five persons accused in a rape and murder case.

Besides this, the Judge also sentenced them to undergo 10-year imprisonment for kidnapping, another 10-year jail term for stealing the gold jewellery on the person of the victim and yet another 7-year prison term for attempting to erase evidence. All the sentences will run concurrently.

The accused are Thavamani (25), Krishnaraj (22), Prakash (23), Krishnamuruthy (22) and Sundararajan (23), all residents of Kandrakottai in Panruti taluk. Kavitha (21), employed in a bakery at Neyveli, was returning home on April 26, 2011 the five-member gang kidnapped her in a van.

Later, they raped and killed her.