An Indian man has been sentenced to life in prison twice after killing his wife with a snake. The 25-year-old woman was found dead at her home in Anchal, Kollam. The case took place on May 7, 2020, and the verdict was issued this week.
Police suspected 28-year-old Suraj Kumar after Uthra’s (wife) family said he started harassing them for a dowry of around US$20,000 (more than R$100,000) more than the woman needed to return him, plus a new car.
According to the New York Post, Kumar shot a highly venomous serpent, Russell, on his wife Uthra, leaving her in the hospital for nearly two months, prosecutors told the newspaper.
The woman then went to recover at her parents’ home in Kollam, the southern state of Kerala. During this period, the husband obtained another snake from a snake handler and threw it at Uthra while she was sleeping. This time, a reptile’s bite killed the 25-year-old.
Kumar pleaded not guilty, but police said his phone records showed he had been in contact with snake handlers and had watched videos online about snakes before the killing.
Also, according to the prosecutors, the Indian stayed in the room with his wife after the snake bit her and continued his morning routine the next day.
According to ABC News, Kumar’s family was accused of conspiracy after a portion of his wife’s gold was found buried near his home, days after the murder.
Suraj was arrested at the end of last year, and prosecutors are said to have sought the death penalty, however, this week he was sentenced to double life imprisonment and sentenced to pay a fine of 500,000 Indian rupees (Brazil$36,372.97).
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