Vidya case verdict: Seven suspects handed the death sentence

Vidya case verdict: Seven suspects handed the death sentence”

Seven suspects connected to the Vidya rape and murder case have been handed the death sentence by a three judge bench.

First suspect Poobalasingham Indrakumar alias Sinnappa and seventh suspect Palani Rubasingham Kuganathan alias Nishanthan were released.

The other members of the bench include Jaffna High Court Judge Ilancheliyan Manickavasagar and Trincomalee High Court Judge Annalingam Premashankar.

The second suspect Poobalasingham Jeyakumar, 3rd suspect Poobalasingham Thavakumar, 4th suspect Mahalingam Shashidaran, 5th suspect Thillenathan Chandrahasan, 6th suspect Sivadevan Dushanth alias Periyammbi, 8th suspect Jeyadaran Kokilan and 9th suspect Mahalingam Sashikumar alias Swiss Kumar were sentenced to death.

Following the rape and murder of the girl just a few months after President Maithripala Sirisena took office, the President had assured that a special court will be set up to ensure speedy and proper justice in the case of brutal rape-murder of the school girl in Jaffna. The seven men found guilty were also sentenced to 30 years rigorous imprisonment and ordered to pay Rs one million as compensation to Vithya's family, according to the Sri Lanka Guardian.

The judges of the case are now arriving at the court complex.

Heavy security prevailed at the Jaffna High Court premises this morning as the accused were led into courts.

On 13th of May, 2015, Shivaloganathan Vidya had been abducted, gang-raped and then killed by the accused.

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