Kochi : Aluva murder case accused Antony’s death punishment reduced to life imprisonment.
Shocking murders happened in the year 2001. The whole family of Manjuraan house was slaughtered. 47 year old Augustin, his wife 42 year old Mary, Augustin’s children 14 year old Jaimon and 12 year old Divya, 74 year old Augustin’s mother Clara and 42 year old Augustin’s sister Kochurani were murdered brutally.
Antony who got arrested in the case had very close relationship with the family. Antony was sentenced to death by HC in the year 2006. The verdict was on the basis of some evidences as there were no eye witnesses in the case. Supreme Court has backed HC’s verdict of death penalty and the mercy plea was rejected by the President.
However in the year 2014 the bench chaired by Chief justice R M Lodha ordered an open court hearing to reconsider petitions against the decree of capital punishment. It was on the grounds of this open hearing that Antony’s death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.