Footprint, strand of hair, booze bill: How cops solved Thiruvampady murder case

Najmal, Mumthaz, Zeenath
The murder accused Najmal, Mumthaz and Zeenath.

Alappuzha: Many clues helped police solve the murder of Thiruvampady homemaker. Accused Najmal used a new SIM in victim Jacqueline’s phone. Footprints found near house, a strand of hair from bedroom and a liquor bill helped them nab the culprits fast. They used scientific methods to solve this case.

A team lead by ASP B Krishnakumar and DYSP PV Baby started probe on the orders of District Police Chief KM Tommy on the same day the body was found. They were sure of the murder angle once autopsy report was out.

The police interrogated 430 people who had contacted Jacqueline in the last one year. A new SIM card in her phone directed them to Najmal. The liquor bill recovered from her house was from the booze bought at 11.40 am from a liquor store in town. Najmal and co-accused Mumtaz had reached her home the same day.

The police put two and two together and picked up Najmal from his house on April 2. He confessed to the crime after detailed questioning. Mumtaz was along with him and Zeenath helped them sell stolen gold, he said. The two women were nabbed next. The police team included SIs KS Arun, S Dvijesh, ASIs TD Neveen, Shajimon, Pramod, Senior CPOs Arun, Vijulal, Praveesh, Siddique, Subhash, Baiju Stephen, Robinson, Mansur, Jasmine, Teena and Beena.

Attack before plan to visit son

Jacqueline was running a mess at home where she lived alone. The accused used to eat from here. They knew Jacqueline used to loan money and kept gold at home. Taking these was their aim. The accused planned the attack realising Jacqueline was about to leave for the Gulf where her son lived. Najmal and Mumtaz reached her house on the day of murder. Najmal purposefully created a spat and started beating her. Almost dead, Jacqueline was stripped off clothes and jewelry. They applied oil on her to make it look like she slipped in bathroom.

All accused known to victim

Jacqueline was found dead on March 12. Police found Najmal (Ajmal 28) from Punnapra, Mumtaz (46) from Power House and Zeenath (48) from Avalookunnu planned the murder. While the first two carried out the killing, Zeenath helped sell the stolen gold. The police started a probe after autopsy reports said blunt force to ribs and backbone led to Jacqueline’s death.

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