Indian man jailed for killing wife using cobra snake Oct 14, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa New Delhi An Indian man who was convicted for murdering his wife by making a cobra bite her while she was sleeping has been handed a rare double life sentence by the court.Sooraj Kumar, 28, was arrested at his home in southern Kerala state last year after his wife died from a snakebite.A court in Kollam district Monday held Kumar guilty of murder and poisoning his wife, 25, and of making an earlier attempt to kill her using a Russell’s viper, legal news portal Live Law reported.Judge M Manoj sentenced the convict on Wednesday to two consecutive life sentences, but did not accept the prosecution demand for capital punishment considering his age and opportunity to reform, domestic media reported.The woman suffered the fatal bite in May 2020 while she was undergoing treatment for a snake bite just weeks earlier, raising suspicions in her family. Her family had alleged that her husband was harassing them for a dowry.Investigations showed that Kumar was behind both attempts - he hatched a plan involving renting snakes from a handler and carrying out an internet research on their bites.India’s Supreme Court recently warned about a trend of snake-bite murders as it denied bail to a woman and her lover accused of using a cobra to kill her mother-in-law in the northern state of Rajasthan in 2019.The biggest challenge in the Kerala case was to prove that the snakebite was homicidal, prosecutor G Mohanraj said, adding that the court was presented with a test that showed the difference between natural and induced bite marks. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey vows action in Syria’s north after attacks by Kurdish militia Oct 14, 2021 0 0 Indonesia cuts isolation period to 5 days as Bali set for reopening Oct 14, 2021 0 0 Death toll from storm Kompasu hits 13 in the Philippines Oct 14, 2021 0 0 Turkish woman at 2.15m named tallest in world dpa London A woman declared the tallest in the world hopes to inspire others to accept themselves. Rumeysa Gelgi, who stands at 7 feet 0.7 inches (215.16 centimetres), has officially been named the tallest woman alive by .. Congo starts Ebola vaccination campaign after case found Cape Town: After a new case of the deadly Ebola virus was detected in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, health authorities launched a vaccination campaign on Wednesday. Around 1,000 vaccine doses .. Germany’s Merkel in video call farewell with China’s Xi Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed bilateral relations and current international issues with President Xi Jinping by video call on Wednesday during her farewell meeting with the Chinese leader. ..