How the accused was nabbed in Vandiperiyar housewife murder?
Vandiperiyar: The accused in the murder of a housewife at Vandiperiyar was nabbed by the colour of his shirt which proved crucial to the police. Accused Ratheesh was wearing a red shirt during the time of crime and a witness standing on the roadside said he saw the man standing inside the plantation for a very long time and moved out hurriedly after he spotted some people there.
Ratheesh had informed the local people about the death of a woman and they in turn conducted a search to locate the body. The police who were informed reached the place and Ratheesh narrated the matter. Police found his phone on the way as it would have fallen down when he had rushed out of the plantation. With this, police nabbed the accused within 2 hours of the murder.
Police also recovered the machete used for the murder and the blood-stained shirt along with the big shopper. The accused revealed the crime on interrogation.
Natives spark fury
After accepting to the crime, Ratheesh was taken to the crime spot for evidence collection on Tuesday. Knowing about this, the victim’s relatives and the native people flocked at the place and attempted to manhandle him. The police tried to bring the accused safely with a lot of effort as the local fury was very intense. In the melee, 2 policemen sustained minor injuries in their hand. Evidence was collected at the house and at the crime spot for over one-and-half hours.
Police identified 16 injury marks on the body of the housewife. The deep wounds found on the head and neck resulted in the murder. The other bruises were due to the scuffle and also due to dragging of the body through the tea plantation. One of the ear ring of the woman was found missing. Police opine that it could have fallen off while being dragged. The accused was nabbed by a police team headed by district police chief P K Madhu.