For over 14 years, Jolly made people believe she was a lecturer at NIT
Vadakara: Jolly, who was arrested for the murder of Roy Thomas - one of the six victims of a family who were murdered within a span of 14 years – has confessed to the crime.
According to the investigating officer, Rural SP K G Simon, Jolly fooled people claiming to be a lecturer at NIT in Kozhikode.
Police said Jolly, who was a commerce graduate, had claimed she was an engineering graduate and was working as a lecturer at the National Institute of Technology here.
She used to travel every day in her car to the institution and carried a fake ID card.
The many contradictions in her statement led the suspicion towards her.
She tried to establish that Roy had not had food. She said that she was preparing omelette for Roy when he collapsed. But his post-mortem report said that he had already consumed rice and gram-curry.
Jolly and Roy Thomas had a strained relationship which ultimately led to his murder, said Simon. He also added that only a single FIR will be prepared for all the deaths.
In a span of 14 years, six members of a family at Koodathayi in Kozhikode district was killed under similar circumstances. A retired employee of education department Ponnamattam Tom Thomas, wife retd. teacher Annamma, son Roy Thomas, Annamma’s brother Mathew Machadi, Tom Thomas’ nephew’s wife Sili, her one-year-old daughter Alphine had died in similar circumstances, but years apart.
The investigation team said that the six were murdered by mixing cyanide in food.
Annamma was the first to die, on September 22, 2002. She collapsed after consuming lamb soup and died. Police assume that cyanide was mixed in the food she consumed. Annamma’s daughter had given statement to the police that her mother showed symptoms of having consumed cyanide before dying.
Annamma's death was followed by her husband Tom Thomas, who died on September 26, 2008. Then on October 30, 2011, their son Roy collapsed and died. After relatives raised suspicion, his body was sent for a post mortem which confirmed the presence of cyanide in his body. However, the police did not investigate how Roy ingested cyanide then. The crime branch has found that the other deaths had occurred in a similar manner.
Roy’s demise was followed by the death of his maternal uncle M.M. Mathew on April 24, 2014. The same year, Alfine, the one-year-old daughter of Sili and Shaju who is a nephew of Tom Thomas, died on May 3. Sili passed away on January 11, 2016.
The police began the probe after Rojo, the younger brother of Roy who is settled in the US, filed a complaint. Kerala Police, probing the mysterious death of the six people between 2002 to 2016, on Friday had exhumed their bodies for a scientific examination.