Indian court sentences pair to death over serial killings
New Delhi, India - An Indian court on Monday sentenced a businessman and his servant to death for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the ‘House of Horrors’, where 18 other victims were found butchered.
Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20 year old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher’s house outside New Delhi in 2006.
Her murder was described in court as the ‘rarest of the rare’, a criterion for the passing of the death sentence in India.
“The prosecution presented a watertight case against the accused and the judgment is appropriate,” R K Gaur, a spokesman for India’s federal Central Bureau of Investigation, told AFP.
Pandher and Koli had been sentenced to death in 2009 for the killing of a 14 year old girl, but the businessman was cleared by a higher court months later.
The grisly killing spree sparked nationwide outrage as police recovered skulls, bones and the decomposing remains of missing persons from a sewer next to Pandher’s home in Noida outside the capital. Most of the victims were children and women from nearby slums.