"Gait pattern" test helps build evidence, two men in TN get triple death penalty
An additional sessions court here on Wednesday awarded triple death sentence to two assailants in the case of a murder of a noted neurosurgeon, based on evidence that includes ''gait pattern examination,'' which is a first in Tamil Nadu.
Out of the ten accused persons, two men Murugan and Selvaprakash who hacked Dr Subbiah to death here in 2013 in connection with a property dispute, were handed triple death sentence and their identity was firmly established by the gait pattern test based on CCTV footage, Special Public Prosecutor N Vijayaraj told PTI.
''This is the first time in Tamil Nadu that this test was done in such a case.'' Gait examination or analysis helps firmly establish the identity of suspects based on evidence gathered from crime scene, he said.
A conspirator, Iyappan, who was also present at the crime scene, turned approver in 2018 saying he was ''pricked by his conscience.'' Iyappan's presence in the crime scene was also colloborated by the gait test and it also added weight to his testimony, the prosecutor added.
First Additional Judge, Sessions Court, S Alli in her judgement convicted Murugan and Selvaprakash for conspiracy, murder and for carrying out a criminal act with common intention read with conspiracy and awarded the triple death sentence for these offences.
Five others, including a medical doctor, were handed double death penalty for conspiracy and for murder that followed.
Two others were convicted for conspiracy and the consequence, murder and sentenced to rigorous, double life imprisonment due to their mitigating circumstances.
As many as 57 prosecution witnesses were examined, 173 documents and 42 material objects were marked to strengthen the prosecution case and no witness turned hostile.
Iyappan said he was on a motorcycle just behind the victim's car when the duo attacked the doctor.
He said soon after the two assailants committed the crime, all three of them fled the scene in the motorcycle.
A police release said Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal lauded the Abhiramapuram police inspector and other police personnel for excellent probe in the case.
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