Lifer for July 4, 2013 murder accused

Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 12


The main accused in a murder that shocked Dimapur 5 years ago has been awarded life imprisonment. The accused, Rekumkaba alias Rekum (25 years) was arrested in connection to the gruesome murder of a 34 year-old woman at Residency colony on July 4, 2013.


He was arrested 3 days after the murder and put on trial at the court of the Session Judge, Dimapur. The court proceedings, which started in October 2013, culminated in his exoneration in February 2015, the court citing lack of evidence. Three others, who were arrested on suspicion, were also acquitted earlier.


Rekumkaba faced trial a second time after the Nagaland state government and the sister of the victim separately petitioned the Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court challenging the lower court verdict in 2015.


He was found guilty of the charges under IPC sections 380, 447 and 302 as per the judgment passed by Justice S. Serto on October 17, 2017.


The Kohima Bench subsequently directed the District and Session Court, Dimapur to procure the presence of the accused, fixing a date for sentencing hearing “and to award appropriate sentence to the convict as per law,” stated a press release issued by Public Prosecutor (PP), Dimapur T. Marlemba.


The release said that in compliance with the order of the higher court, the accused was arrested and remanded to judicial custody and fixing July 11 as the date of the hearing. In the sentencing hearing at the court of the Principal District & Session Judge, the accused was represented by a panel lawyer on state expense as he was not in a position to engage a defence lawyer, the release added. PP Marlemba appeared on behalf of the prosecution.


The sum of the sentencing included 3 months for criminal trespass, 7 years for theft and rigorous imprisonment for life for murder.


During the hearing, the PP described the offence committed by the accused as “gruesome murder falling under the rarest of rare cases.” The defense counsel meanwhile prayed for leniency by “giving him a chance to reform himself as the accused is a first time offender and in his prime at 25 years of age only,” the release added.


Besides this, the court also recommended a compensation of Rs two lakhs to the family members of the deceased under The Victim Compensation Scheme 2012.