Koodathayi deaths: Jolly, two others arrested for Roy’s murder
Koodathayi: A final clear picture has been obtained in the shocking deaths of six in a family in Koodathayi within a span of 14 years. From 2002 to 2014, six deaths occurred in the family under similar circumstances, .
Vadakara Rural SP K G Simon said that the three arrested Jolly, Mathew and Praji Kumar have been nabbed for the Roy Thomas’ murder. The probe relating to other deaths will be continued. Mathew and Praji Kumar were arrested for delivering cyanide to Jolly for the murder.
Briefing the media, Simon said that two months back, a complaint was received from Rojo Thomas to probe the death of his brother Roy Thomas.
The case was reopened and the special team probing the case, found that even though the report on Roy’s death filed earlier had said it to be normal, but there was a mention of trace of cyanide in his blood.
The similar circumstances in the deaths led to murder possibilty. Jolly's presence in all cases and the contradiction in her statements led the suspicion towards her.
Also, Jolly had impersonated as an NIT lecturer and carried a fake ID card. She cheated everyone for over 14 years with the story.
Jolly had told everyone that Roy died of heart attack even when she knew that the report had said of traces of cyanide in his blood.
The other point that led to suspicion was that she tried to establish that Roy had not had food. She said that she was preparing omelette for Roy when he collapsed. But his postmortem 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 is of the primary assumption 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.