A court in Ernakulam on Thursday handed out a double life term to a Catholic priest for raping a minor girl.
The Latin Catholic priest Edwin Figarez on a few occasions in 2015, starting from January till March, had exploited the minor girl, who was also a member of the same parish where the priest served as the Vicar. The Ernakulam special court on Thursday found the priest guilty and handed him a double life term and also asked him to pay a fine of Rs 2.15 lakh.
The other convicts in the case are the priestsâ€™ relatives viz. Bengaren Figarez, Stanly Figerez, Dr Ajitha, who helped the priest in hiding the crime by not informing the police and Clarenz Decotha, a staff at the primary health centre in Puthenvelikkara, Kochi.
The mother of the victim, a Class 9 student, lodged a complaint against Figarez - a priest with the Lourdes Matha Church, Puthenvelikkara, on April 1 following which the priest went into hiding and was arrested later.
The priest sexually assaulted the victim when she went to him for confession.