Kochi: The destruction of vital evidence will be a big obstacle for the prosecution during the hearing of the February 17 actress assault case. The charge sheet mentions all the digital proof that have been wiped out.
What has been lost:
The phone used to take assault pics
The key evidence that has been lost is the mobile phone that was used to click the photographs of the actress being sexually assaulted. The memory card used to store the photos is also missing.
According to the charge sheet, the main accused, Sunil Kumar (Pulsar Suni), handed over the phone to advocate Pratheesh Chacko on the day he came to surrender in the court.
The phone, including its memory card, was inside a bag that also had some clothes. Chacko gave the phone and memory card to his junior Raju Joseph.
After keeping it for four-and-a-half months, Raju destroyed these, says the charge sheet. In the initial stages of the case, the main accused had sent the cops on a wild goose chase saying that he had dumped the phone on the roadside, and then in the lake.
Though cops got the photos copied from the memory card, the missing memory card and phone will adversely affect their case.
Martin's SIM card
The SIM of the second accused Martin was also destroyed. Martin, who was the driver of the actress' car, had said that those who assaulted the actress took his SIM card.
However, when his role in the crime was about to be revealed, Martin himself destroyed the SIM card, says the charge sheet. He chose the washroom of the driver's quarters of Lal Creations at Padamugal. He dumped the SIM in the closet and flushed it. During their trip from Thrissur to Kochi, Suni had called and sent messages to Martin in this SIM.
Suni’s audio clip
The destruction of the audio clip in policeman P K Aneesh’s phone, who turned approver, is another key evidence. Aneesh had the security charge of the first accused, Suni, when he was in police custody at the Aluva police club. On March 3, Aneesh gave his phone to Suni to record an audio message. Suni recorded the message for eighth accused Dileep and even played it for Aneesh. Aneesh tried to deliver the audio clip to Dileep at the behest of Suni.
The charge sheet says that the memory card that was used to record the audio clip was destroyed by Aneesh himself. It was a vital piece of proof linking Sunil Kumar and Dileep in the conspiracy angle of the case.