CHENNAI: A distant relative turned out to be the prime suspect in the recent murder of a 67-year-old woman, staying alone at Tambaram.Besides the relative, police have arrested four men on Wednesday.
The victim, S Vellaiammal, was found dead last Thursday in a decomposed state at her residence in Mugambikai Nagar of West Tambaram. A seven sovereign gold chain she was wearing was missing and a knife was found struck in her neck leading to suspicion that she was murdered to loot the jewel.
All the five arrested, including S Venkadesan (23), the distant relative of the victim, were from Coimbatore. The prime accused from Sulur, who used to visit her often, along with four of his friends, has carried out the murder and escaped after locking the house. “The only motive of the murderers was to loot the gold chain from Vellaiammal. They had apparently stabbed her in the neck she resisted their attempts to rob her gold,” said a police officer.
In at least four recent murders for gain in the city, relatives of the victims were the prime suspects.
According to police Vellaiammal’s murder could have taken place either on December 22 or the next day.
However, the murder came to light only on December 25 when neighbours noticed foul smell emanating from the decomposed body. The victim’s son, Muthaiah, was living downstairs in the same building. But, he used to visit her only occasionally, police said.
The other four arrested were S Selventhiran (26), A Mubarak (23), M Ramesh (32) and P Karthikeyan (29). “All of them were close friends and were in need of money and conceived the plan to murder Vellaiammal after she refused to give them money,” said a police officer.