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17-year-old booked for allegedly raping and murdering 63-year-old TN woman

The accused was working as a construction worker and hails from Avaraikulam village.

Days after the Supreme Court awarded the death penalty to four people in the Nirbhaya rape case, a 17-year-old construction worker was booked, for allegedly raping and murdering a 63-year-old woman on April 25 in Avaraikulam village, in Kanyakumari district. 

Police nabbed the accused on Sunday and has remanded him to a juvenile home in Tirunelveli.

The elderly woman used to visit her friend’s house twice a month. Speaking to The News Minute, Samson, inspector of Anjugiramam police station said, “The elderly woman’s friend had asked the 17-year-old to drop the woman to the bus stand. Instead, he took her to a nearby forest area, raped and murdered her by hitting a stone on her head.”

The accused, was working as a construction worker and hails from Avaraikulam village. “There is no motive in the case. The accused and the woman did not know each other,” Samson said.

When the woman went missing on April 25, her son filed a police complaint at the Anjugiramam police station on April 29.

“The accused had thrown away his sim card and tried to sell his phone to another person. We found the person who had bought the phone from him. He told us about the accused. We nabbed him on Sunday and he confessed to the crime,” the inspector said.

The woman’s body was found in the forest area near the Avaraikulam village after the accused took the police to the spot.

Source: The News Minute