Santhosh Kumar, 32, of Thondamuthur, under judicial custody for the sexual assault-cum murder of a seven-year-old girl at Kasthurinaickenpudur near Thudiyalur, was beaten up by a mob when he was brought to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Thursday.
He was brought under tight security for a potency test based on the court’s direction, the police said.
He was escorted to the mortuary complex where the incident occurred even as the police tried to protect him from the mob.
The police finally intervened and moved Kumar to the lab for the test. They cleared the crowd that thronged the hospital premises to see the accused.