Kerala court convicts Shyamjith for murdering Kannur native Vishnupriya 2 years ago

The Thalassery Additional District Sessions Court found the accused, Shyamjith, guilty of killing the victim, Vishnupriya.


Published May 10, 2024 | 5:06 PMUpdatedMay 10, 2024 | 5:07 PM


A Kerala court on Friday, 10 May, found a man guilty of the brutal murder of a 21-year-old woman pharmacist at her home near Panur in the northern Kerala district of Kannur in October 2022.

The Thalassery Additional District Sessions Court found the accused, Shyamjith, guilty of killing Vishnupriya.

It will pronounce the order on the sentence on 13 May, Public Prosecutor K Ajith Kumar said.

The prosecutor said that the accused killed the woman as she had ended their friendship and was close to another man.

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The murder

The prosecutor said that Shyamjith came to Vishnupriya’s house armed with a hammer and other weapons when her family had gone to attend a funeral.

Vishnupriya was on a video call with a male friend when Shyamjith entered the home, he said.

This was recorded in the video call, and the 13-second-long footage was the crucial evidence in the case, the prosecutor said.

Besides that, the prosecution also relied on CCTV visuals of Shyamjith purchasing the weapons used to commit the crime.

Kumar said that Shyamjith first hit Vishnupriya on the head with a hammer and when she fell down, he slit her throat.

Even after she had died, he continued to stab her, and as a result, there were 29 wounds on her body, the prosecutor said.

Vishnupriya was found dead in a pool of blood with a slit throat and deep wounds on her neck and hands at her residence on 22 October, 2022.

Within hours of the gruesome murder, police arrested Shyamjith, a native of nearby Manantheri.

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