In the Attingal murder case, Kerala court on Monday has pronounced death penalty for first accused Lino Mathew and life imprisonment for second accused and his lover Anu Shanthi.
Special public prosecutor on Friday made a plea to the court to consider it as the rarest of rare cases.
But the Defence counsel pleaded for leniency. Anu Shanthi broke down in front of the judge and pleaded that she may not be branded as the woman who killed her son. “I did not abet the killing of my daughter. I am ready to face any penalty other than the death penalty,” she said crying profusely.
The case pertains to the murder of a 60-year-old woman, Omana, and her four-year-old granddaughter, Saswathika, at their house at Attingal on April 16, 2014.
The police subsequently linked the murder to the alleged extramarital affair between Omana’s daughter-in-law, Anushanthi, a Technopark employee, and her colleague, Nino Mathew.
The police believed that the motive for the murder was the desire of the “lovers” to live together.
During the investigations, officials found substantial evidence including video clips of the physical relationship between Nino Mathew and Anushanthi.
Apart from Lijeesh, the case has atleast 64 witnesses. Besides, 66 documents and 42 material objects will be considered for the evidence.