A particular choose for trial of offences beneath the POCSO Act on Tuesday awarded the demise penalty to an accused within the rape and homicide case of a seven-year-old lady in Vijayawada metropolis.
The crime occurred in November final yr at Gollapudi and the accused Barlapudi Pentaiah was arrested inside 24 hours.
A case beneath varied IPC sections and the POCSO Act was registered in opposition to him.
Police nailed Pentaiahs guilt by DNA evaluation and filed the cost sheet. Though the trial was accomplished in March, supply of the judgment acquired delayed because of the coronavirus-imposed lockdown.
As many as 35 witnesses, together with the accused’s spouse, testified.
The 5thadditional district-cum-special choose for trial of offences beneath POCSO Act delivered the decision on Tuesday and sentenced the accused to demise, a launch from the DGPs workplace stated.
This was the 18thsuch conviction the police secured after new initiatives had been launched for defense of ladies and kids within the state since December 2019, the discharge stated.