Mahanand Naik found guilty of Vasanti Gawde murderon July 1, 2011 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
Principal Judge Nutan Sardessai found Mahanand Naik guilty of the 1995 murder of 19-year-old Vasanti Gawde on Thursday. The judge will hear sentencing arguments on Monday, July 4th.
Naik abducted Vasanti after convincing her that he was going to marry her. He took her into a wooded area at Betoda and strangled her. After stealing her valuables, including gold ornaments, he abandoned her body where he killed her.
The case turned on testimony from the the victim’s cousin, who saw Naik driving a rickshaw with Vasanti in the passenger seat. The trial took one and a half years.
This is Naik’s second conviction for murder. He has been acquitted for seven murders due to a lack of evidence.