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Death sentence for serial killer Umesh Reddy
February 18, 2009 19:18 IST
Last Updated: February 18, 2009 21:16 IST
Serial killer Umesh Reddy, who has been charged with the rapes and murders of several women, was on Wednesday sentenced to death by the Karnataka High Court.
Reddy, an ex-police constable, gained notoriety for his sex crimes, raping women even after murdering them.
Special judge S R Bannurmath, a senior High Court judge, while pronouncing the verdict, termed Reddy as a violent offender and described the case as 'rarest of the rare' and deserving the death sentence.
"In this case, he is an ex-policeman who has become a habitual pervert, who not only commits robbery but also to satisfy his lust, attacks helpless women and commits rape," the judge said.
A lower court in 2006 had awarded him the death sentence. But a year later, a two-member bench of the High Court expressed a divergent view -- one favouring the death sentence and another life term on an appeal by Reddy.
This led to the constitution of a special judge, Justice S R Bannurmath, who pronounced the verdict today.
Reddy faced 21 criminal cases, of which he was acquitted in 11. The remaining nine related to rape, murder and robbery.
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