An Indian man who used a cobra and a viper to homicide his wife has been sentenced to life in jail in what prosecutors known as the "rarest of rare" instances.
Sooraj Kumar set free a extremely venomous Russell's viper snake on his wife Uthra that left her in hospital for nearly two months, prosecutors mentioned.
While she recovered at her dad and mom' home, the 28-year-old husband obtained a cobra from a snake handler and threw it at his sleeping wife.
Its toxic chew killed the 25-year-old girl.
Sooraj pleaded not responsible however police mentioned his cellphone data confirmed he was in contact with snake handlers and had watched snake movies on the web earlier than the killing in March final 12 months in Kollam within the southern state of Kerala.
Sooraj stayed within the room with Uthra after the cobra bit her and went about his morning routine the subsequent day when alerted by the lady's mom, mentioned prosecutors.
"The mode of execution and the diabolic plan of the accused to murder Uthra, his wife who was bedridden, makes it (the case) fall into the category of rarest of rare," mentioned the general public prosecutor, who had sought the dying penalty.
Snake handler Vava Suresh mentioned it was attainable that Sooraj had "inflicted pain on the reptile to provoke it to bite", the Hindustan Times newspaper quoted him as saying.
Uthra was from an prosperous household however her husband, a financial institution employee, was not effectively off.
The lifeless girl's dad and mom grew to become suspicious after Sooraj tried to take management of her property after the dying.
Their marriage concerned a giant dowry together with a brand new automobile and 500,000 rupees (round $20,000).
According to media experiences, Sooraj's household was charged with conspiracy after a few of Uthra's gold was discovered buried close to Sooraj's dwelling days after the homicide.
primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie