A 40-year-old man accused of killing several young women in Goa, was today acquitted in the third such murder case after the prosecution failed to establish evidence in the offence.
Additional District and Sessions Court judge Desmond D’Costa acquitted Mahanand Naik of the charges of killing Nirmala Amonkar in 2008. The woman, in her late 20s, was found dead on a plateau in Verna village, 15 kms away from here.
Police have claimed that Naik, an alleged serial killer, had put to death 14 women in 15 years beginning from 1995 before he was netted last year.
Naik used to lure the young women with the promise of marriage and strangulated them with their dupatta.
According to the prosecution he murdered Amonkar in February 2008. The woman was a resident of Rivona village in South Goa and her highly decomposed body was found on February 24.
The court acquitted Naik of the charges as the police were not able to establish the offence against him.
This is the third consecutive acquittal for Naik, who was charged with 14 counts of murder.