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Police arrested the man and the snake seller last year.

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Kollam, Kerala:

A 28-year-old man in Kerala has been convicted of killing his wife with a cobra bite in May last year.

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An additional sessions court in Kollam district will announce the amount of punishment on Wednesday, which considers the crime “rare”.

The crime branch conducted a detailed investigation after the woman’s parents, Uthara, called the police after the woman’s father, Sura, tried to secure ownership of her property a few days after her death. Suraj wanted to get rid of Uthara, wanted to marry someone else with his money and gold, police said.

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This was Suraj’s second attempt after failing for the first time with a poisonous viper in early February 2020. Both snakes were collected through his snake handler friend Suresh.

Uthara was released after being hospitalized for a month when he was bitten by a snake but died of a deadly cobra bite.

State DGP Anil Anil Kant applauded the court’s decision. He said this is the rarest case where the accused has been convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence.

“A shining example of how a murder case was scientifically and professionally investigated and identified,” he told the media.

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He congratulated the investigation team for its hard work in analyzing forensic medicine output, fiber data, animal DNA and other evidence to crack the case.

The shocking incident took place on May, 2020 in the Kollam district of Kerala.

“Snake bite murder” has caught the attention of the Supreme Court. Hearing a bail application in a similar case from Rajasthan last week, Justice Surya Kant said, “It is a new trend that people bring venomous snakes from snake char and kill someone with a snake bite. It is now becoming common in Rajasthan.”

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