Sister Abhaya murder case: Setback for CBI as another witness turns hostile
Thiruvananthapuram: One more witness has turned hostile in the sensational Sister Abhaya murder case. Fourth witness Sanju P. Mathew changed his stance in the court on Tuesday.
Sanju had earlier told the investigation team that he had seen the scooter of Fr. Thomas Kottoor, the key accused in the case, under suspicious circumstances.
Sanju P. Mathew was residing near the convent where Sister Abhaya was staying. He had told the CBI probe team that he found Fr. Thomas Kottoor’s scooter parked near his residence at night of the previous day Abhaya was murdered.
However, Sanju stated in the court that he had not seen such a scooter and he did not know which type of scooter was Fr. Thomas Kottoor using. With this, the court declared Sanju a hostile witness.
The 50th witness Sister Anupama had already turned hostile during the first day of the trial on Monday.
Sister Anupama was staying with Sister Abhaya in the same convent. She changed her previous statement that she had seen Sister Abhaya’s footwear and headdress in the convent kitchen. Following this, the court had declared Sister Anupama as hostile witness.
The trial against the first accused Fr. Thomas Kottoor and the third accused Sister Sephy is proceeding in the CBI Special Court in Thiruvananthapuram. There are a total of 177 witnesses in the case.