A Shariatpur court yesterday sentenced three people to death for raping and killing of a housewife last year.
The convicts are Morshed Ukil, 56, of Madha Kodalpur village, Abdul Haque Mutait, 42, of Char Gharoa village, and Zakir Hossain, 33, of Daimi Charbhoira village, of the district's Gosairhat upazila.
Firoz Ahmed, public prosecutor of Shariatpur, said Judge Abdus Salam Khan of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in Shariatpur delivered the verdict in presence of the convicts.
The court also fined Tk 50,000 each of them.
It also acquitted nine other accused of the case.
According to the case statement, Haowa Begum, 40, wife of Khokon Ukil of Charbhoira Ukilpara village, went missing after she went to a neighbour house for charging her mobile phone on January 20 last year.
Following day, police found her body in an abandoned house of the same village and arrested Morshed after tracking the victim's mobile number.
Morshed later confessed to police that they killed Haowa and left her body there after raping her.
The victim's husband filed a case with Gosairhat Police Station.
After investigation, police submitted a charge sheet against nine people, including the three convicts.
On October 7 last year, a Shariatpur court framed charges against 12 people.
After examining witnesses and evidence, the judge found the three guilty and convicted them.
Shah Alam, the convicts' lawyer, told The Daily Star that they were not satisfied with the verdict. They would appeal to the High Court against the judgement.