Charge sheet submitted in Koodathai Roy Thomas murder case

Four accused have been named in the 1,800-page document. Charges including murder and conspiracy hare registered against the accused.

Vatakara: The charge sheet in the Koodathayi Roy Thomas murder case has been submitted at the Thamarassery Munsif Magistrate Court.

Four accused have been named in the 1,800-page document. Charges including murder and conspiracy have registered against the accused.

Addressing a press conference, Superintendent of Police (SP) K.G. Simon, who is the Investigating officer explained that there are 246 witnesses in the case. The probe team has submitted 322 documents along with the charge sheet.

The case pertains to the murder of Roy Thomas by serving him cyanide-laced food in 2011. Roy’s wife Jolyamma alias Jolly (47) is the main accused in the case. Kakkad, Kakkavayal native M.S. Mathew (44), the jewellery employee who handed over cyanide to Jolly has been named the second accused. Prajikumar (48) of Thamarassery, the goldsmith who gave cyanide to Mathew is the third accused. K. Manoj, former Kattangal local secretary of CPM, who helped Jolly to create a fake testament, is the fourth accused.

Besides murder and conspiracy, charges including cheating the government and illegal possession of poison have been registered against the accused.

SP Simon said that DNA test was not necessary in Roy Thomas murder case. “The fake testament prepared by Jolly is a key evidence in the case. There is evidence to prove that cyanide was in Jolly’s possession. We know that cyanide was laced in Bengal Gram curry and drinking water. The charge sheet also includes lab reports,” Simon said and added that Jolly’s second husband Shaju was not involved in Roy’s murder.

Jolly had created fake certificates of UGC NET, M.Com and B.Com. Copies of these certificates have been submitted in the court.

The investigation team had arrested Jolly, for murdering her late husband Roy Thomas, on August 5, 2019. Roy’s post mortem report had clarified that he died after consuming cyanide. Of the six suspicious deaths in Ponnamattam family, only Roy Thomas’s body underwent autopsy.

An investigation team led by rural crime branch DySP R. Haridas held investigations in the case. Kozhikode rural SP K.G. Simon supervised the investigation.

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