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Two men were found guilty of raping and killing a Latvian tourist who came from Ireland to Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala): A court has found both accused guilty of the murder of a foreign woman who had travelled from Ireland to Kovalam (Kerala) for Ayurvedic treatment.

The verdict was issued by the Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) 1st Additional District Sessions Court. On Monday, the sentence will be handed down. The verdict was rendered in a case that occurred four and a half years ago. The first and second accused in the case are Umesh and Udayakumar, both natives of Thiruvallam (Kerala). The court also stated that the charges, which included rape and murder, had been proven.

Liga Skromane, a Latvian national who went missing on March 14, 2018, in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, had been living in Ireland for over twenty years. Liga was working in beauty shops in Cork and Dublin.

Meanwhile, she travelled to Kerala for a vacation and treatment.

The case alleges that on March 14, 2018, a 40-year-old woman, Liga, who came to Kovalam beach (Kerala) from an Ayurvedic treatment centre in Pothankot (Kerala), was taken to a deserted bush on the pretence of being a tourist guide, drugged, and strangled to death.

Liga accompanied her sister Elise to Kerala. Liga’s body was discovered in the mangroves near Thiruvallam (Kerala) after a month-long search. Elise recognised her sister among the decaying remains.

Partner Andrew Jordan, who lives in Dublin Swords, came to Kerala after learning that Liga was missing. Kerala took over Andrew’s grief and carried out a search with him. The police actively intervened in the case investigation thanks to the strong intervention of many social workers. At the time, Andrew and Liga were living with their sister, who ran a childcare centre in Swords Rolls Town. 

Elise, the sister of the murdered Liga, said that she was expecting justice in the case. The sister added that the fight for justice was long and arduous, and many good people stood by her. According to the DCRB Assistant, the evidence in the murder is strong. Commissioner stated The circumstantial evidence is conclusive. Scientific evidence has also been gathered to the greatest extent possible. There is also evidence of the presence of the accused in the forest where the murder took place. The commissioner said that the maximum punishment is expected for the accused.

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