Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar
Ernakulam: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday confirmed death sentence awarded to Tamil Nadu native Govindachamy in the Soumya murder case by a fast track court in Thrissur.
The verdict was delivered by a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court comprising Justice TR Ramchadran Nair and Justice Kemal Pasha.
The fast track court had observed there was no legal or moral justification for the act. The nature of the crime was savage and also noted that the accused was an habitual offender.
Govindachamy had pushed out 23-year-old Soumya out of the Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger train on February 1 after attempting to rob her.
He then raped the seriously injured woman after she fell down in woods nearby the railway track just after Vallathole Nagar station.
Soumya succumbed to injuries at the Thrissur Government Medical College Hospital on February 6.
Govindachamy is a native of Virudhachalam in Tamil Nadu.