.........NELLORE : The Fourth Additional District and Sessions Court on Thursday sentenced serial killer Kukkapalli Venkateswarlu to death.The verdict was pronounced in connection with a case of the murder of a teacher and maiming of two others for valuables at Sainagar near Children’s Park area here last year. The judge ruled that the convict be hanged till death as he killed R Prabhavati with a hammer in a “cruel fashion”.The prosecution said Venkateswarlu, who had moved to Kavlai from his village Yerrabotlapalle in Kondapuram mandal last year to start a noodles business, had incurred huge debts thanks to his lavish lifestyle.
On July 8 last year, he visited Nellore and spotted the teacher’s residence while looking for a house to steal from. He visited her house the next day and offered to install a set-top box, but she suggested that he come later as there was no power at the time.He returned at 11.30 am with a large hammer and began pretending to work. At the time, besides Prabhavati, there were two of her relatives too in the house. He first hit Prabhahvati to death with the hammer and then attacked the others who had seen him commit the murder. He was about to take off with the teacher’s ornaments when her husband Nageswara Rao, who had returned home for lunch, raised an alarm on seeing her in a pool of blood.
Rao then caught Venkateswarlu with the help of locals who had rushed to the spot and turned him over to Balajinagar Police. The injured were then rushed to a hospital, but Prabhavati succumbed to her injuries. It later came to light that Venkateswarlu was earlier accused of murdering a woman in Kavlai and an aged priest and his wife in Pedda Cherukuru.He hammered them all to death.