Thiruvananthapuram: A special CBI court here on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to nine accused persons and three years jail to another four persons in the 2009 murder of Paul Muthoot George, who was stabbed to death.
The first to ninth accused persons -- Jayachandran, Kari Satheesh, Sathar, Puthanpalam Rajesh, J Satheesh Kumar, R Rajiv Kumar, Shino Paul, Akash Shashidharan and Faisal -- were given life term for their direct involvement in the killing.
Jayachandran, the first accused, was also slapped with a fine of Rs 50,000 while the other eight persons were asked to pay Rs 55,000.
The court also sentenced the tenth to 13th accused persons – Abhi, Riyas, Siddiq and Ismail --, who were found guilty of destroying evidence, to three years in jail while one man was set free for lack of evidence.
A bachelor, George, 32, belonged to the wealthy Muthoot business family, and his killing near Alappuzha on August 21, 2009, had created a sensation in the State.
He was then in a car with Om Prakash and Rajesh, two men who face several criminal cases.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, which took up the case in January 2010, held that the person who stabbed George to death was Kari Satheesh.
The provocation came after George's speeding vehicle knocked down a two-wheeler. The accused and his friends who saw the accident followed George, stopped him and, after a verbal duel, killed him.
The killer gang was on its way to eliminate one Naseer from Mannanchery when they ended up murdering George.