CHENNAI: In yet another murder of a home-alone woman in the city, a decomposed body of an advocate, aged 58, was found in her apartment at West Mambalam on Wednesday evening. The police identified the victim as P Lakshmi Sudha. The body bore multiple stab injuries on the back.
According to police sources, Lakshmi’s maid servant Vimala had seen her last on Monday when she came to clean the house. Vimala came again on Wednesday evening, but found the door latched from outside. She then contacted Lakshmi’s sister Vidhya Arul, who resides in the same locality. Around 5 pm, Vidhya came to the apartment and the two women entered the house to find Lakshmi’s decomposed body in the bedroom.
“The woman had nearly 10 stab marks on her back. But the cupboard was not broken and there were no signs of a robbery,” said the investigating officer. Police sources said Lakshmi had been living alone for nearly 25 years after separating from her husband. Her son Karthick, who works at a private company in Bengaluru, used to visit her.
Lakshmi was living on the first floor, while her uncle Sundaram (84), resided on the ground floor. “The woman worked as an advocate at the Madras High Court, but had not been practising for the past five years,” the officer said. Vidhya, alerted the Kumaran Nagar police, who sent the body for post-mortem examination. Preliminary investigation revealed that there were no signs of robbery and an investigation is on.
The murder comes close on the heels of the killing of a 60-year-old woman in her house at T Nagar two days ago.