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Yet another Catholic priest sentenced for raping and impregnating minor

Kochi: Thalassery POCSO Court today sentenced Catholic priest Fr Robin Vadakkumchery to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for raping and impregnating a 16-year old minor girl in Kannur.

Fr Robin was awarded a sentence of 60 years but the court reduced it to 20 years allowing him to serve the entirety of the sentence in a single go.

Others accused of covering up the crime including five nuns and one administrator were acquitted for lack of evidence.

The court verdict went against Father Robin on the basis of the victim’s live birth certificate that showed that she was a minor in 2016 when the rape happened and that the DNA of the child born in 2017 matched with Fr Robin’s.

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