A husband was sentenced to consecutive prison terms after found guilty of throwing the snake at his wife as she was recovering from his previous attempt to kill her with a viper
A wicked husband used a cobra to kill his wife after his attempt to take her life with a viper failed.
Sooraj Kumar, 28, was sentenced to double life imprisonment for throwing the deadly snake at his wife Uthra, 25, which, according to Al Jazeera, resulted in her being hospitalized for almost two months.
When that first attempt at killing her with a viper didn’t work, he threw the cobra on Uthra last May while she was sleeping in her parents’ house.
A court in the southern Indian state of Kerala has now found Kumar guilty of the murder and poisoning of his wife as well as the previously attempted murder.
He had pleaded not guilty to the charges, but phone records showed that he was in contact with snake handlers and had watched snake videos online before committing the crimes.
The prosecutor said, “The nature of the execution and the defendant’s diabolical plan to assassinate Uthra, his bedridden wife, make them fall into the rarest of rare category.”
The judge sentenced Kumar to two straight life sentences on Wednesday, but denied the prosecution’s motion for a death sentence.
Uthra came from a wealthy family, but the bank clerk Kumar was not doing well. Their marriage came with a large dowry, including a new car and 500,000 rupees.
Prosecutors convinced the court that the snakebite that killed Uthra was murderous.
Two defendants were recently acquitted on similar cases after prosecutors failed to prove that snakes were used as weapons of murder.
In this case, a snake handler said it was possible that Kumar had injured the cobra to make it bite Uthra.