Koodathayi Murder Case: Five more cases are filed by the Crime Branch
On Friday the District Crime Branch (DCB) registered five more murder cases in connection with the sensational serial killings at Koodathayi. Jollyamma Thomas, known as Jolly, 47, mastermind of the crime series, is the prime accused in the newly registered cases as well, while her partners in crime M S Mathew, alias Shaji, 44, and Preji Kumar P, 48, have been charged in four and three cases, respectively.
In the murder of 56-year-old Annamma Thomas, mother-in-law of the prime accused, police booked Jolly alone. In the case registered at the Kodenchery station, the police suspect Jolly killed the woman by giving food laced with poison.The police are yet to discover the toxin used for the crime. Annamma, a retired schoolteacher, collapsed and died in 2002 after having a bowl of soup.
The FIR in the death of Tom Thomas in 2008 was also registered at the Kodenchery station. Jolly was booked along with Mathew and Preji. According to the FIR, Jolly killed her father-in-law by giving him cyanide-mixed food with the support of the second and third accused. Preji gave the poison to Mathew who handed it over to Jolly.
Another case was registered in connection with the death of Annamma’s brother Mathew Manjadiyil, that happened in 2014. The trio was booked for the same criminal activity. Mathew also died after consuming cyanide. The case was registered at the Kodenchery station. In the claimed murder of 20-month-old Alphine, daughter of Sily and Shaju, the FIR mentions Jolly, Mathew and Preji as the first, second and third accused, respectively.
According to the FIR, Jolly killed the child using cyanide given by the co-accused. The FIR was registered at the Kodenchery station.The case registered at the Thamarassery station is that of the mysterious death of Sily, ex-wife of Jolly’s husband Shaju.
The investigation team registered a murder case against Jolly and her co-accused Mathew. Cops suspect Mathew given cyanide to the prime accused for killing the woman. Sily died at a private hospital at Thamarassery in 2016.
The police suspect Sily died after consuming a cyanide-coated tablet provided by Jolly. The investigation team is yet to reach a conclusion in the possible involvement of any other person in the crime. All the cases will be investigated by separate examination teams under the supervision of North Zone IG Ashok Yadav.
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