A man in Kolhapur, India, has been convicted and sentenced to die for murdering his mother before frying her organs in order to consume them, the Times of India reported.
The man, 35-year-old Sunil Rama Kuchkoravi, received the sentence last week and now waits to see if the Bombay high court will confirm his execution.
According to court documents, in August 2017 a young girl alerted neighbors after finding Sunil with bloodstained hands standing near the disemboweled body of his 63-year-old mother, Yallava.
When police arrived on the scene, they reportedly discovered "the naked dead body of Yallava lying in a pool of blood" with the "liver, intestine, heart, rib, [and] chest" removed. Officers then allegedly followed the blood trail to the kitchen, where they found her heart on a platter along with a piece of her rib soaking in an oil bottle next to chili powder and spices.
Multiple knives covered in blood were also discovered at the scene and were later confirmed to have been used during the horrifying crime.
"After the incident [the] accused intended to eat the heart and rib of his own mother," the court order read, adding that his actions indicate "he had no remorse even after committing murder of his mother."
Prosecutors in the case argued the incident should fall in the category of a "rarest of rare" crime — a classification within the Indian legal system that allows the death penalty to be administered.
"We had sought the death sentence," public prosecutor Vivek Shukla told reporters. "There are precedents in 'rarest of rare' cases when [death by hanging] is given. He murdered his own mother and desecrated the body in a way no one would imagine."
The sessions court agreed with the classification and so the suggested penalty will be carried out, pending a review.
A police inspector who investigated the case, S.S. More, described it as the most gruesome murder he had ever experienced in all his years in law enforcement.
"I have seen many murders and dead bodies in my career in Mumbai and in the Naxalite areas of the state. This was the most cruel," he said. "We carried out stomach-wash, hand-wash, and foot-wash, and the samples were sent for DNA profiling. All samples matched with the deceased. We had 12 eyewitnesses on our side. Also, the scene at the murder site and the condition of [the] deceased body were sufficient to prove the cruelty of the accused."
Sessions judges added that gruesome crime had shaken the "collective conscience" of the local community.