The police investigation into the Kottayam murder-suicide case has revealed that the auto driver had stabbed the woman to death in front of her husband before killing himself.
Asianet Newsable had earlier revealed that Saji Munjannattu, 42, an auto driver from Kadaplamattom had killed Kunjumol Mathew, 44, at her residence in Koovellurkunnu Colony on Tuesday.
Saji, who was Kunjumol's neighbour, was found dead at a rubber plantation nearby just minutes after the murder. He consumed an acid-like substance to end his life. The knife used to stab Kunjumol was also found from him.
It has now emerged that Kunjumol was hanging washed clothes outside her house when Saji sneaked up on her and stabbed her in the neck. Her husband Mathew, who has a heart condition, and her mother were home at the time of the incident.
Saji flew the spot after the attack. Neighbours rushed Kunjumol to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital but she was declared brought dead.
The police team is probing the reason for Saji's attack on Kunjumol, though colony residents have reportedly said the two were close and the murder could have been caused by some personal issues between them.
Kunjumol was working as a sweeper at the Kadaplamattom co-operative Bank. Kunjumol and Mathew have two sons.
Saji, on the other hand, was working as an auto driver after losing his job at the nearby quarry. He is survived by his wife Manju and two sons.