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Keenan-Reuben murder case: Court adjourns hearing till 5 May

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 May 2016, 13:15 IST

The Mumbai sessions court on 2 May adjourned the hearing of the Keenan-Rueben murder case till 5 May.

According to reports, the court was expected to pronounce a verdict on the matter - which has been pending for five years - on 2 May.

"I would not ask for capital punishment because I know it's not rarest of rare case," Keenan's father, Valerian Santos, said.

"But I will ask for life imprisonment because I want the accused to know what Keenan and Reuben's families are going through," he added.

The 2011 Keenan-Reuben murders

On 20 October, 2011 Keenan Santoz, 24 and Reuben Fernandez, 29 visited Mumbai's Amboli bar and restaurant - accompanied by Avinash Bali, Benjamin Fernandes, Priyanka Fernandes, Shobhita and another friend.

The boys had an altercation with some drunk men outside the restaurant who were harassing the girls. As the men were leaving, Avinash heard one of them telling Reuben that he would kill them.

Avinash did not think much of it until the men returned with a mob carrying sickles, knives and bamboo sticks. Benjamin pushed the girls back into the restaurant. A few of them men tried to follow them in when Reuben stepped in and was stabbed. While Keenan died the same day, Reuben, who had sustained multiple stab injuries, died on 31 October, 2011.

The four accused - Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival - were arrested. In October, a fast-track court framed charges against them for murder, conspiracy and molestation. Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed as the public prosecutor.

First published: 2 May 2016, 13:15 IST