A notorious serial killer in Andhra Pradesh was sentenced to death by a Nellore court on Thursday, after he was found guilty of murdering four people with a hammer, before robbing them.
28-year-old Kukkapalli Venkateswarlu alias Venkatesh had been nabbed by the Nellore district police in July last year.
A native of Yerrabotlapalle in Kondapuram mandal, Venkatesh was a Class 9 dropout, who ran a fast food stall, and committed the murders and robberies when he fell short of cash, the police said.
The police also added that he was an alcoholic, with many vices.
According to the police, Venkatesh used to plan his robberies by identifying houses in which only women or children were present, and observe the movement of people in the area.
He would then hatch a plan, and target the house when it was easy for him to commit the murder, rob the victims, and flee.
Venkatesh's first murder involved one Shimuni Kavita, who he hammered to death, before making away with her gold ornaments.
Following this, Venkatesh had killed a temple priest and his wife on April 1, 2016.
Another murder of a teacher in the Childrenâ€™s Park area of Nellore in July that same year, led to his arrest, as the victim's husband walked into the house, and shouted for help.
With the help of neighbours and locals, Venkatesh was caught and handed over to the Balajinagar police.
According to reports, the court, while hearing the case on Thursday, said crimes committed by Venkateswarlu fell in the category of `rarest of rare cases' and awarded him death penalty.