‘I was with rector when he was stabbed by sexton’, says witness of Malayattoor murder
Kalady: Malayattoor Madavana native Manu, who was with the rector of Malayattoor Church when he was stabbed by the sexton, has not yet recovered from the shock of the terrible crime. He was accompanying Fr. Xavier Thelakkad on his way to the top of the holy hill on Thursday when the incident took place.
Manu maintained a warm relationship with the rector. He had arrived from abroad only a week ago, and they were having a friendly conservation while ascending the hill.
After prayers at the church, the rector started overseeing the construction works there and walked down the hill by 11 am. Meanwhile sexton Johny called him over phone to know where he was at the moment. When they reached the sixth station where plumbing works were progressing, Johny came there unexpectedly. Johny asked the rector disrespectfully if the church was his private property to have the right to suspend him. The rector replied that they can talk later at the office.
All of a sudden Johny stabbed the rector below the stomach with a knife he was hiding in hand, and ran away to the valley. Manu managed to hold the rector and covered the stab wound with a cloth. But the wound kept bleeding and the rector vomited and fell unconscious. Manu and two labourers carried the rector down the hill in a structure and transported to hospital in an ambulance. He was alive even when being taken to the ambulance and we hoped that he could be saved, Manu said. Manu was the former trustee of Sebiyoor church in Malayattoor CSI parish, hence he was close with the rector.
The rector of St. Thomas Church in Kurishumudi Fr. Xavier Thelakkad was stabbed to death by sexton Johny. The Kochi Cheranellur native rector was 52 years old. After stabbing the rector, Johny managed to escape to the forest region nearby. The rector was stabbed at the sixth point of Kurishumala. The motive of the murder is said to be the revenge on the rector who terminated Johny from the job 3 months ago.
Search operation is on for Johny who escaped into the forest. The dead body of the rector is kept in Angamali hospital. The rector was a practicing advocate.