Man gets life for rape, murder of nine-year-old (Lead)

August 5th, 2008 - 1:40 am ICT by IANS  

Madurai, Aug 4 (IANS) A court Monday sentenced a 26-year-old man to death for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in this Tamil Nadu temple town. Judge R. Siddharthan said that the convict S. Selvam deserved “no mercy”.

“The accused deserves no mercy since he took the life of a child who trusted him in her innocence,” he observed.

According to sources, the convict is facing trial in another case of murdering a nine-year-old boy Yoganathan who reportedly resisted his advances.

The prosecution argued that Selvam accosted the victim’s father Manivasagam for a job and when the employer and his wife were not present, raped the girl and strangled her to death.

The victim’s body, concealed in a television cover was discovered after a two-day search, prosecution lawyers said.

“I deserve this punishment for my crime,” Selvam said upon hearing the judgement, eyewitnesses told IANS.

The order is subject to confirmation by the Madras High Court, prosecution sources added.

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