Karnataka High Court upheld Life Imprisonment To The Advocate Who Killed a Woman Associate Lawyer in Court Corridor

Team SoOLEGAL 17 May 2019 3:32pm

Karnataka High Court upheld Life Imprisonment To The Advocate Who Killed a Woman Associate Lawyer in Court Corridor

Karnataka High Court has affirmed the order passed by the trial court where the court had convicted advocate S. L. Rajappa, who killed a fellow lady advocate in the court corridor by stabbing her multiple times on her chest and neck with a knife. The Trial Court sentenced the accused with imprisonment for life. Bench of Justice K. N. Phaneendra and Justice H .B. Prabhakara Sastry was hearing the criminal appeal in case of S. L. Rajappa v. State. The criminal appeal was filed to set aside the order of conviction passed by the trial court.

Accused and the deceased women advocate were practicing as advocates in Bengaluru. The accused stated obsessive love towards the deceased and intended to marry her. Deceased initially agreed to the marriage proposal but later refused and turned down the marriage proposal. Considering it as a betrayal, the accused stabbed her with a knife in the corridor of court hall in High Court of Karnataka in the year 2010. Deceased suffered grievous injuries and succumbed to the injuries on the spot. After stabbing the deceased, accused attempted to commit suicide but was saved by police.

Rejecting the defense from appellant's side that alleged attack was made by some third person using sharp-edged weapon, court summarized that the defense of the accused does not weaken the case of prosecution. It held that there are enough evidences to prove the alleged guilt against the accused and that the prosecution was able to prove their case beyond any reasonable doubt. Court ascertained the intention of murder and then later to commit suicide with a 'death note' recovered from the pocket of the accused. The forensic study had affirmed the accuser's handwriting and signature upon the death note. It upheld the conviction order of the trial court stating that there are no reasons for it to modify the sentence part or question the judgment too. Thereafter, Court dismissed the appeal.

Tagged: JusticeK.N.Phaneendra   JusticeH .B.PrabhakaraSastry   karnatakahighcourt   lifeimprisonment  
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