“B ****** s,” he yelled in court, as the judges sentenced him to death
CONVICTED: S. DASWANT, 23, of Chennai, sentenced to death by the Mahila Court of Chengalpet in Tamil Nadu in February 2018 for the rape and murder of a minor girl. He has challenged the conviction before the Madras High Court. He is in jail awaiting trial of pending cases (murdering his mother and threatening the father of the minor victim).
PROFILE: A mechanical engineer, son of middleclass parents, who sold property to secure his bail.
ON RECORD: Invited the seven-year-old daughter of a neighbour to play with his dog in February 2017. Molested, raped, then smothered her to death. He hid the body in his apartment for a day before taking it out in a travel bag and dumping it under a bridge. Next day, he went back to the spot and burnt the body as revealed by CCTV footage. While out on bail, he murdered his mother, Sarala, with an iron hammer on December 2—she had asked him to find a job. While she was lying in a pool of blood, he watched television. Later, he removed her jewellery, stole Rs 20,000 and fled to Mumbai with the help of friends he had made in jail. He used the money to bet on horse racing, to which he was introduced in jail, until caught by the police.
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY: Cunning, crafty and completely lacking in empathy, he posed as a passerby after his first crime, alerting the police and even speaking to TV crews. Showed no guilt or remorse during the trial, chatted with policemen around him, and screamed obscenities at the prosecution.