NEW DELHI (AFP) – An Indian court yesterday handed down the death penalty to a man found guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a brutal knife attack in Kerala state. The murdered student was found dead in a pool of blood in her home in Perumbavoor town on April 28, 2016, with nearly 30 stab wounds and bite marks on her severely disfigured corpse. Muhammed Ameerul Islam was convicted by a Kerala court over the attack. Prosecutors successfully sought the death penalty for the crime, describing it as “rarest of the rare” in its violent nature. BA Aloor, Islam’s lawyer said his client was not treated to a fair trial and the defence team would appeal the sentence in a higher court. Mr Aloor said Islam was framed by police for the crime to cover up for their botched investigation.