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24-year-old gets life term for matricide

Puducherry: A court here today awarded life imprisonment to a 24-year-old man for murdering his mother in February, 2015 at nearby Tirukannur.

Principal and District Sessions Judge CV Karthikeyan also sentenced Manikandan alias Rajesh to six months of imprisonment for trying to make it appear a suicide. Both the terms would run concurrently.

The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 on the two counts (murder and giving false information) on the convict respectively.

Police said a quarrel with his mother led Manikandan to strangle her to death.

After the murder, he hung the body from a hook in the ceiling in an attempt to make it appear as if his mother had committed suicide and lodged a police complaint.

Police became suspicious and after the post-mortem, it was established that she was strangled and also suffered injuries which resulted in her death, following which they booked Manikandan under IPC section 302 (murder).