Mangaluru couple held for m’urder of woman whose mu’tilated body was found in gunny bags

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Mangaluru police arrested a couple in connection with the gruesome m’urder of Shreemathi Shetty whose body parts were found stuffed in a gunny bag in two different areas in the city on Sunday.

Preliminary investigation suggested that the motive for the m’urder was financial reasons. Mangaluru Commissioner Sandeep Patil confirmed that the husband-wife duo arrested were Jonas Samson (36) and Victoria Mathias (46), both residents of Attavar in Mangaluru.

As per the police, Jonas had borrowed around Rs. 1 lakh from Shreemathi Shetty (36), and he had repaid a part of the loan. Shreemathi had requested Jonas to pay her back the balance amount of Rs. 60,000 at the earliest. “We went to the residence of Jonas to arrest him, he tried to k’ill himself. We immediately took him to Father Muller Hospital and the doctor has stated that the injuries are not serious. We interrogated his wife Victoria and we found that they had borrowed money from Shreemathi,” Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil said.

On Saturday, Shreemathi went to collect money at the couple’s home, when she was m’urdered by them. “On Saturday morning, Jonas and his wife mur’dered Shreemathi when she came to their residence to collect the remaining money. They cut up the body into pieces and placed them in three different spots in the night,” added Commissioner Sandeep.

Police also stated that they had recovered the items used to dispose of the body and the jewelry worn by Shreemathi from the acc’used couple. Shreemathi’s scooter was found near a garage at Naguri in the city on Monday.

Following the discovery of the body parts on Sunday, Mangaluru police had formed three teams to investigate the d’eath. The head and limbs were discovered on the roadside of the highway between KPT and Nanthoor in the city, and the torso was found in Nandigudda. On Wednesday morning, a part of her leg was found near Kadri Park. Police officials from Kadri and Pandeshwar stations were investigating the incident.

Shreemathi was a resident of Amar Alva Road in the city. She owned an electrical equipment repair shop at Attavar. She is the native of Polali Mangalore and resided with her aunt.

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She was married to a man named Sudeep from Madikeri in 2017 against the wishes of her family. But she had applied for a divorce, owing to disagreements. Sudeep is currently in judicial custody for theft and he was questioned by the police in connection with the m’urder.

Incidentally, the day before the body parts were discovered, Shreemathi’s family had filed a missing complaint at Pandeshwar police station, stating that she had not returned home.

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