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Cyanide Mohan sentenced to death in anganwadi worker’s murder case

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A District and Sessions Court on Thursday awarded the death sentence to Cyanide Mohan (56) for raping and murdering an anganwadi worker from Balepuni village in Bantwal taluk in October 2005.

The VI Additional District and Sessions Judge Syedunnisa had on October 22 convicted Mohan of rape and murder and posted the case to Thursday to pronounce the sentence. The death sentence would be executed after confirmation from the High Court of Karnataka.

While death sentence has been awarded to the convict for murder, 10 years rigorous imprisonment and ₹ 5,000 fine have been awarded for abduction, 7 years imprisonment and ₹ 5,000 fine for the offence of rape, with other punishment, that would run simultaneously. The victim had a younger sister and the government should pay her compensation through the District Legal Services Authority, the judge ordered.

The present case is the 17th being tried against serial killer Mohan and fourth in which death sentence has been awarded. Three more cases are pending trial. In the earlier three death sentences, the High Court converted one to life imprisonment, another to five years rigorous imprisonment, while confirming the death sentence in the third case.

Mohan, lodged in the Hindalga Central Prison in Belagavi, was present through video conferencing when the sentence was pronounced. The prosecution in this case said that he had lured the victim on October 21 that year with the promise of marriage and took her from B.C. Road to Bengaluru before administering her cyanide that day.

Later, the victim was cremated as an unidentified person and a case of unnatural death registered with the jurisdictional police. Mohan had sold the victim’s jewellery in Mangaluru.

After his arrest in September 2009, Mohan admitted to this murder too.

The then Konaje Police Inspector Lingappa conducted the preliminary investigation followed by a detailed investigation by CID Inspector Vazeer Sab who filed the charge-sheet. Public prosecutor Judith Olga Margaret Crasta prosecuted the case.

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