Kothamangalam: In an unfortunate mishap a man hacked his wife to death at Oonnukal in Kothamangalam on Tuesday evening. The children of the couple had to witness the brutal murder. Namboori Koop native Saji Antony (42) killed his wife Priya (38) by hacking on her neck and chest. Saji had gone absconding.
A small sized machete which was used for the crime and his mobile phone were retrieved from the crime spot. According to police, Priya had deep wounds on her neck and chest.
The family was living in a rental house at an isolated place. Saji attacked Priya in the kitchen. Their children Abin (12) and Godwin (10) tried to stop him by crying aloud. Godwin ran to their neighbour who lives at a distance of 200 meters and informed about the incident. When the neighbours came to the spot along with some other natives, Priya was found lying in a pool of blood.
Upon the information passed by some locals, Priya’s father and brother reached the house and took her to hospital. However, her life could not be saved. The body has been shifted to the mortuary of Dharmagiri Hospital, Kothamangalam.
Priya was working as a tailor at Oonnukal. Priya and Saji had a love marriage. After the incident, the children were taken to the house of Priya’s brother.
Police have strengthened search for Saji after forming a special team. The body will be examined on Wednesday.