Kerala: Seven year RI for man in sexual assault

Kottayam: A local court here sentenced a man to rigorous imprisonment for seven years and imposed a fine of Rs 30,000 for sexually assaulting a woman after attacking her husband.

District additional special judge S Jagadeesh charged Xavy Thomas (50)here under various sections of IPC for rape, robbery, abduction and causing injury to the couple.

According to prosecution, Thomas attacked the couple while they were returning from a temple on February 23, 2010. After injuring the husband, he sexually assaulted the woman at a nearby rubber estate and escaped with her gold ornaments.

During the course of investigation, Circle Inspector, Sub-inspector and assistant sub-inspector of Kaduthuruthy were suspended for negligence.