Kevin murder case: Court awards double life sentence to all convicts

A court in Kottayam on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to 10 people for the honour killing of a 23-year-old Dalit Christian man last year, which had triggered widespread protests across the state.

Principal Sessions Court Judge C. Jayachandran convicted the 10 men under various sections of the IPC, including sections 302 (murder) and 364A (kidnapping for ransom), Special Public Prosecutor C.S Ajayan told.

He also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 each on all the accused, which shall be distributed to three witnesses -- Kevin's father Joseph, spouse Neenu Chacko and relative Aneesh Sebastian who was abducted along with Kevin, he said.

On August 22, the court observed that the murder of Kevin P Joseph, involving his spouse's relatives, was a case of honour killing.

The court said Rs 1 lakh should be given to Aneesh Sebastian, the key witness in the case, while the remaining amount should be equally distributed among Kevin's spouse Neenu and father Joseph.

If the convicts failed to pay the money, their three vehicles confiscated by police during the investigation should be put on sale and the amount be realised, the court said.