Ernakulam: A convict in the murder case of a four-year-old girl at Chottanikkara in 2013 tried to commit suicide ahead of the sentencing on Friday.
The girl was killed by her mother's lover, prime accused Renjith who was found guilty by the court. The convict, who tried to commit suicide at the Ernakulam sub jail, has been admitted to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital.
Three people, including Renjith and the girl's mother, were charged with murdering the girl.
The police had arraigned the girl's mother along with Renjith and friend Basil for murdering the girl who was living in a rented house with her family at Ambadimala in Chottanikkara. On Tuesday, the court found all three guilty under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
The girl was murdered in October 2013. The deceased girl and her mother were living in a rented house. The girl was the eldest among the woman's two daughters. While her husband was in jail, the woman developed an affair with Renjith. According to the police, the girl was killed because she became a hurdle in their relationship.
After she was killed, the body was buried at a work site at Arakkunnam. The woman then reported at the police station that her daughter was missing. Inconsistencies in her statement prompted cops to question her and the murder was unearthed. The post-mortem report said that Renjith and Basil had sexually abused the child before she was killed. She was also brutally assaulted.
The trial was held at a special court that considers atrocities against women and children.