Aussie missionary's killer jailed again on second murder charge

An Indian man convicted of murdering an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons in 1999 has been convicted of killing an Indian Catholic priest in the same year.

The Daily Times reports that he has received a second life sentence.

A court in Orissa state sentenced Dara Singh and three others to life for battering to death 35-year-old Arul Doss. Doss was ministering in the east of the state.

The priest's murder took place in September 1999. Eight months earlier, Australian Graham Staines and his children Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, had died after the jeep in which they were sleeping was set ablaze in a remote Orissa village. At the time the killing was attributed to mob violence.

Singh was first handed a death sentence for killing. But in 2005 that was commuted to life in prison after a higher court determined there was a lack of evidence.

The Hindu activist was arrested in early 2000. An official inquiry into the Staines case said there was no evidence to suggest that organised Hindu groups were responsible.

Missionary's killer gets second India murder term (Daily Times, 23/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Killing of Australian priest in Orissa state draws outrage (CathNews, 6/9/99)

24 Sep 2007