Friday, November 15, 2013

Man gets death for killing woman

A Selvaraj, TNN | Nov 14, 2013, 07.09 AM IST CHENNAI: A shop owner who killed a 65-year-old woman for her jewellery and hid her body in a freezer box was sentenced to death by a court in Poonamallee on Wednesday, more than two years after the ghastly killing. The murder came to light more than a month later when the body was recovered from the shop in Maduravoyal. Third additional sessions court judge R Ravindra Bose also imposed a seven-year jail term on the accused, V Muthuselvam, 26, for trying to kill another woman. According to the prosecution, Muthuselvam, a resident of Nerkundram, had a provision store on Patel Road in Maduravoyal. After he incurred huge losses in operating a chit fund and constructing a house for himself, he devised a plan to snatch gold from elderly women. The victim, R Jayalakshmi, came to the shop for some provisions on February 22, 2011 and he gave her some coins as change after she paid for the items she bought. He asked her to come into the shop and count the coins. When she entered, he gagged her and slit her throat with a knife. He then put the body in a gunny bag and dumped it inside a freezer box. Muthuselvam thought he would dispose of the body later and returned home. Police recovered the body 37 days later, after some of the neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from Muthuselvam's shop. In the meanwhile, Muthuselvam tried to kill his neighbour Bhavani, 24, and snatch her chain on March 11, 2011. Bhavani escaped and lodged a police complaint, based on which he was arrested. "When the Maduravoyal police recovered Jayalakshmi's body from the freezer box at Muthuselvam's shop, he was in Puzhal prison for attacking and snatching gold jewellery from Bhavani," Koyambedu assistant commissioner of police S Senthil Kumaran told TOI. The then investigating officer, inspector P Sahadevan of Maduravoyal police station, questioned Muthuselvam in connection with Jayalakshmi's murder after taking him into custody. Based on his confession, police recovered the stolen gold jewellery pledged at a private finance firm. "This is the first time in a decade that a murder accused is getting the death sentence in the city. The judge reviewed all evidences produced by the enforcement agency before awarding the punishment," public prosecutor Andaman K Murugan told TOI. Source: [accessed on 15th Nov 2013]

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