Goa serial killer acquitted in fourth murder case
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Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010, 19:52
Panaji: Alleged serial killer Mahanand Naik was today acquitted in the murder case of a 35-year-old woman by a local court here, giving him relief in fourth out of 16 murder cases registered against him.

Mahanand (40) was acquitted for lack of evidence by a sessions court of murdering Shakuntala Kavthankar in 2005.

Police had claimed that Mahanand had killed Kavthankar at Cuncolim village, 25 km from here. Mahanand had allegedly confessed of killing the woman on December 30, 2005 by strangulating her.

The victim was a saleswoman staying at Haturli, Mayem village and the alleged killer had befriended her, they said.

This is the fourth murder acquittal in a row for Mahanand, who was convicted for seven years imprisonment for raping his wife's friend.

He was exposed after a 23-year-old girl complained of a rape against him.

During investigation, Mahanand allegedly confessed to his crimes in the temple town of Ponda.


First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010, 19:52

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