MARGAO: Additional District and Session Judge, South Goa, acquitted Anthony Gomes and Kutubuddin Sandi, who were arrested by the Maina Curtorim police on the charges of murder of Clemente Gomes (40), a resident of Malbhat, Margao.
The police had registered an offence of murder and destruction of evidence under section 302 and section 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons for the murder.
Brother-in-law of the deceased Judy Edwin Luis, a resident of Aquem, had filed a complaint that Gomes was murdered on the intervening night of April 19 and April 20, 2014.
Moreover, according to the police, they received the information from an unknown person that a body was found lying naked along the roadside at an isolated place at Eklate, Curtorim.
Based on the information PI Gurudas Kadam along with his staff rushed to the spot and found that the deceased had sustained injuries on his nose, mouth and head.
The deceased’s identity was confirmed on the basis of a driving licence found along with the body.
The police suspected that the deceased had been murdered at some other place and to destroy evidence the accused dumped the body in the isolated place at Curtorim.
Based on the investigation conducted by the police, Anthony Gomes and Kutubuddin Sandi were arrested by the police in the case.
Later a charge-sheet was filed in the court, said the police.
Advocate Amey Prabhudessai who appeared on behalf of Anthony Gomes argued that “there is no evidence against his client and that the police have falsely implicated Anthony in the case.”
Prabhudessai said that “the police have failed to prove the case and that his client is innocent and therefore he may be acquitted.”
Similarly, Advocate J Gomes appeared on behalf of Kutubuddin Sandi and argued that his client “has been unnecessary implicated in the case without any evidence to its effect.”
The public prosecutor Subash Dessai who represented the state said that “there is sufficient evidence on record to prove that both the accused are involved in committing murder of the deceased.”
However the court after hearing the arguments and upon examining the witnesses ordered that two accused have been acquitted of the charges.