Kerala HC ends life sentence, gives bail to 2 convicts in Sister Abhaya murder case
Kerala HC ends life sentence, gives bail to 2 convicts in Sister Abhaya murder case

Kerala HC ends life sentence, gives bail to 2 convicts in Sister Abhaya murder case

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HC Kerala has suspended the life sentences of two convicts, father Thomas Kottoor and sister Sephy, in connection with the Sister Abhaya murder case. Both were found guilty of murder by a special CBI court in Thriuvanthapuram Kerala in 2020.

HC Kerala provides bail to two inmates jailed for murdering Sister Abhaya in 1992. (file photo)

The Kerala High Court, Thursday, June 23, decided to suspend the life sentences of two convicts in the Sister Abhaya murder case. The court then decided to give bail to the two convicts. The court ruled that Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy should be released on bail on execution bonds of Rs 5 lakh each.

“They must not leave the state and must appear before investigating officers on all Saturdays for a period of six months,” the HC ruling said.

After 28 years of legal struggle, Father Thomas and sister Sephy were found guilty of murdering sister Abhaya by the special CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram.

The 229-page ruling delivered by the CBI court in 2020 confirmed that the Catholic nun was attacked with “killing intent.”

Sister Abhaya, a Catholic nun, was found dead in a well at St Pius X Convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992. Father Thomas Kottoor and nun Sister Sephy were found guilty of murder, 28 years after the crime was committed.


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