Death sentence for Nino, life term for Anushanthi

A district court here on Monday sentenced former Technopark employee Nino Mathew, 43, to death over the premeditated murders of his “colleague-turned-secret lover” Anushanthi’s four-year-old daughter, Saswathika, and mother-in-law, Omana, 60.

Anushanthi, 33, received a double life sentence for plotting and abetting the murders. The prosecution case was that the “need to gratify their lust” had driven the suspects to the “devilish acts”.

The crime had occurred at her husband Lijeesh’s house in Attingal on April 16, 2014. Lijeesh, who escaped with serious injuries, was the prime witness in the case.

District Judge V. Shircy found that Nino had entered the house posing as Lijeesh’s friend. He “wantonly” killed Saswathika inflicting 11 injuries on her “tender body” using a chopper and a club. She counted 14 injuries on Omana’s body. Her brain had been smashed with a club. Nino then waited for Lijeesh to arrive to “commit the third murder”. “All this for his satisfaction of lust,” she said.

The “heinous, brutal, coldblooded, gruesome, diabolic” crime shocked the collective consciousness of society. The acts of Nino come under the rarest of the rare category and the court had no other choice but to award extreme penalty. “All the perfumes of Arabia are inadequate to wash of A 1’s (Nino) bloody and tainted hands,” she said.

Ms. Shircy’s rejected Anushanthi’s plea that she be spared of the social stigma attached to filicide, the act of killing one’s own son or daughter. Her statement is “fallacious”. Anushanthi “had sent Nino to finish off her child with her husband”. She prepared for a life with her paramour without her child. “She is shame for motherhood,” the judge said. Ms. Shircy profusely quoted Washington Irving in her judgment to extol how a mother’s love endures above all else.

The judge spared Anushanthi of the death sentence for the reason that she had not physically participated in the crime. With a tinge of humour in her voice, Ms. Shircy said with due “apologies to feminists” Anushanthi was a woman and thus a member of the weaker section. She had also pleaded failing health.

Special Prosecutor Vineet Kumar led the case.

The acts of Nino come under the rarest of the rare category, says district court judge

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