Alcoholic son held over murder of 83-year-old woman


Kanakkary: The police have taken into custody the son and a domestic worker of an old woman here over her murder.

The charred body of Chinnamma (83), wife of late Joseph (Pappachan) of Vazhakkala, was found in the yard next to her house located beside Victor George Road in Pattithanam on the outskirts of Kottayam town.

The police are interrogating son Binuraj and worker Viswambharam. More information will be available only when autopsy report is out, said district police chief.

Binuraj , a drunkard, used to beat his mother frequently, a probe has revealed. Complaints of assault have already been registered in Kuravilangad Police Station. He had kicked mother out several times before. Neighbours told police they heard quarrels from the house the other day too.

An alcohol bottled filled with petrol, a bottle with kerosene residue, lighter and burnt slippers were found near the body. Alcohol bottles were also found in Binuraj’s car, which was found near a bakery on Kanakkary Road. The car was seen there from Saturday evening, locals told police.

Binuraj had returned from a job abroad three years ago. The police had cautioned him before over Chinnamma’s complaint of cruel treatment.

Chinnamma and Binuraj were the only occupants of the house. Binuraj had told his sister Mersamma that their mother was missing when he returned home around 11am on

Sunday, only to find her body after a search.

A police team including Kottayam district police chief Harishankar, ASP Reeshma Rameshan, DYSP K Subhash, Kuravilangad SHO R Kumar and SI TR Deepu reached the spot. Evidences were collected using forensic experts, fingerprint team and dog squad.

Chinnamma was buried at Ratnagiri St Thomas Church today. She has two other children - Thankamma and Mersamma.

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