Kochi: A male home nurse who was taking care of a woman killed her alcoholic son when he tried to attack her.
The deceased has been identified as Kollambarambil Thobias, 34, of Pallissery House at Palarivattom. The caregiver, Thrissur native Lawrence, 52, has been arrested by the police.
The incident took place at 11.45 pm on Monday. Thobias was admitted to hospital with serious injuries but succumbed by 2 am.
Lawrence was employed as a home nurse to look after the 72-year-old mother of Thobias. He had been working there for the past one year.
Thobias used to pick up fights with others quite often, said the police. He also used to argue with family members. On Monday too he created a ruckus. He tried to attack his mother when Lawrence intervened and stabbed him with a kitchen knife in the melee. Thobias suffered five stab wounds on his back and below his right chest. He was profusely bleeding when he reached the hospital.
Thobias suffered a cardiac arrest while doctors were giving him emergency treatment, the police added. The inquest has been completed by Palarivattom SI and the body was handed over to relatives after post-mortem on Tuesday.
Thobias, a bachelor, was staying with his mother and sister.