Junkie, 25, be­heads 80-yr-old grand­mom

The Free Press Journal - - NEWS - PRIYANKA NAVALKAR

A se­nior ci­ti­zen in Ban­dra was bru­tally mur­dered by her 25year-old grand­son in the early hours of Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The grand­son, a drug ad­dict, killed his 80-year-old grand­mother, de­cap­i­tated her and pro­ceeded to rip apart her body. He was found sit­ting in a pool of blood at his gran­par­ents' home in Ban­dra. The ac­cused, Christophe­r Dias, has been ar­rested by po­lice and booked un­der rel­e­vant sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code. Po­lice sources said that they had also re­cov­ered the murder weapon.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, Christophe­r was in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for his drug prob­lem and had been re­cently sent home af­ter his par­ents failed to make a pay­ment of Rs 6 lakh. His par­ents live and work in Is­rael and his fa­ther was cur­rently vis­it­ing fam­ily in Goa. Christophe­r had re­turned to his grand­par­ents' home in Cosmo Chawl, where his cousins resided on the mez­za­nine floor.

Happy to have her grand­son home, Rosy Dias had pre­pared a hearty meal for Christophe­r and his cousins. When the cousins came down to meet the ac­cused af­ter his re­turn from the re­hab stint, they had been scolded by their fa­ther, Christophe­r's un­cle, who asked them to dis­tance them­selves from their drug-user cousin.

Rosy went to bed early. Around 12.30am, Christophe­r re­port­edly slit her throat with a sharp weapon and de­cap­i­tated her. "In a manic act, Christophe­r also scooped out her in­sides, mak­ing a blood­ied mess in the room. He had kept Rosy's head on a ta­ble," said a po­lice source.

Af­ter the manic spree, Christophe­r called his fa­ther, who was in Goa vis­it­ing fam­ily, and con­fessed to hav­ing killed Rosy. Shocked by the rev­e­la­tion, his fa­ther took the next flight to Mum­bai and came home to find a stream of blood on the doorstep. He opened the door to see his son sit­ting in a pool of blood. Hor­ri­fied, his fa­ther asked Christophe­r what he had done and the lat­ter smil­ingly replied that he had killed his grand­mother. Over­whelmed by the hap­pen­ings, the fa­ther passed out, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources.

The neigh­bours then alerted po­lice around 10.15am on Tues­day, and a po­lice team reached the spot. The ac­cused was taken in cus­tody and the body sent for

post mortem to Bhabha Hos­pi­tal. The vis­cera was sent to the Foren­sic Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tor y for ex­am­i­na­tion.

While the process of reg­is­ter­ing a First In­for­ma­tion Re­port was un­der­way, Christophe­r is likely to be booked un­der rel­e­vant sec­tions of the In­dian Pe­nal Code for murder and causing dis­ap­pear­ance of ev­i­dence. Ab­hishek Trimukhe, Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (Zone 9), con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said that they had taken the ac­cused in cus­tody and were await­ing the au­topsy re­port. "The se­nior ci­ti­zen was killed by her own grand­son in a very bru­tal way and we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the matter," Trimukhe said.

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