Jolly took advantage of Mathew's drinking habits to plot murder
Vadakara: Jolly was very particular that nobody should have even the slightest of suspicions in the death of Roy Thomas. However, all her plans were disrupted when Mathew Manchadi turned up with the demand to conduct post mortem on Roy’s body.
Jolly was infuriated to know that Mathew had shared his suspicions related to Roy’s death with some of his friends.
Jolly took advantage of Mathew’s relationship with her and his drinking habits to plot the murder. She had the freedom to enter Mathew’s house any time. On 2014 February 24, she reached the house while his family was attending a wedding in Kattappana. She served him liquor mixed with cyanide and left the place immediately. Later, she returned to confirm his death and saw that Mathew was in an exhausted state after vomiting.
When he asked her for water, she again served him water mixed with cyanide. After confirming his death, she gathered neighbours and took him to the hospital. She also managed to convince the doctor that Mathew was a heart patient who had undergone angioplasty.
But in reality, Mathew had done only an angiogram from Kozhikode MIMS hospital. Moreover, he had consulted a doctor 10 days prior to his death and expressed complete satisfaction in his progress. The statements from these doctors proved to be the turning points in the case. Jolly had taken her younger son with her when she returned to Mathew’s house for the second time. His statement was also critical in the case.
In a span of 14 years, six members of a family at Koodathai in Kozhikode district were killed under similar circumstances. A retired employee of education department Ponnamattam Tom Thomas, wife retd. teacher Annamma, son Roy Thomas, Annamma’s brother Mathew Manchadi, Tom Thomas’ nephew’s wife Sili, her one-year-old daughter Alphine had died in similar circumstances, but years apart. Later Roy Thomas' wife Jolly and Sili's husband Shaju got married.
Jolly, her friend Mathew M S, a jewellery employee and Mathew’s friend Prajikumar were arrested. Mathew and Prajikumar were arrested for delivering cyanide to Jolly for the murders. Shaju, husband of Jolly was released after questioning.