Hyderabad: A 22-year-old migrant labour from Bihar, Rajesh Kumar accused of rape and murder of a six-year-old girl at a remote village in Alwal, was found guilty by the court. The District court at LB nagar sentenced Rajesh Kumar to “ Life imprisonment till death”. Rajesh had targeted the victim because she was the youngest of the children who were celebrating Holi in the neighbourhood.

The court while delivering the verdict relied upon the last seen witness of the victim’s younger brother and also the scientific evidence submitted by the forensic reports. This is one of the very few cases in the state, where the accused was found guilty based on the scientific investigation.

Rajesh who worked in a tent house had come to a friend’s house in the village to celebrate Holi, when the girl fell prey. During the celebration, youngsters consumed alcohol and danced to loud music, the children were at play near the house where the accused noticed the girl.

Rajesh lured the girl by offering her chocolates however took the girl to an isolated location. As the family found her missing, a haunt was launched. However Police found her body dumped in bushes beside the railway tracks. Based on testimony from the victim’s brother, police arrested the accused. Investigation found that Rajesh used a metal wire piece and stabbed her in the throat repeatedly, resulting in her death.

Later, a charge sheet was filed and the case was put to trial. After examining the witness and the forensic reports, the court found Rajesh guilty of the offences charges under murder, rape and POCSO act and sentenced him to imprisonment till death.

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