Mangaluru: The Second Additional District and Sessions Court awarded a 27-year-old man from Kateel to four years jail term and Rs 25,000 fine for sexually assaulting a minor. 22 year old Yathish Karkera, a resident of Mittabail in Kateel got acquainted with the victim, then 14 years old, over phone.
On December 14, 2013, he met her on the pretext of buying her clothes and a mobile phone, and drove her to various places, including Surathkal and Tanneerbhavi beach. Later, Karkera convinced the girl that he would take her over to a relative’s house in Krishnapura near Surathkal, but drove her to his house in Kateel instead. He then locked her up in a room and took sexual advantage, he also threatened her not to reveal this to anyone.
The victim had filed a complaint at Ullal police station. Delivering the verdict, Judge B R Pallavi pronounced four years imprisonment and Rs 20,000 fine under Pocso Act, three months imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine under IPC Section 366, one year jail under IPC Section 506 and six months jail term under IPC Section 342 to the convict.