Mangaluru, June 21, 2020: The sixth additional district and sessions court judge Sayeedunnisa on Saturday held serial killer Cyanide Mohan, 56, guilty in the murder of a victim from Kasaragod. This is the 20th and the last case to be tried in this court, which will hear arguments on the sentence on June 24.
Providing details, public prosecutor Jayarama Shetty told STOI that the 25-year-old victim from Kasaragod, a cook at a women’s hostel, got in touch with Mohan, a teacher. He visited her house thrice, on the promise that he would marry her. On the pretext of visiting a temple in Sullia on July 8, 2009, she left home, but never returned. They had travelled to Bengaluru. When her family called her, Mohan took the call and told them that he was answering because she had gone for a bath. He also told them that they were married, and would come back home soon.
But the very next day, Ramakrishna, a constable from Upparpet police station, found a woman lying unconscious outside the washroom of KSRTC bus stand and rushed her to a hospital. But she was declared dead on arrival. Like in all other cases, he is said to have had sex with the victim at a hotel room. After taking her to the bus stand, he asked her to consume a cyanide-laced tablet, claiming that to be a contraceptive pill. He later made away with her jewellery that he had asked her to leave behind at the hotel room.
An unnatural death report was registered. As none of her relatives turned up for the identification of the body, it was buried on July 15, 2009.
The case came back to life after the family identified the serial killer through media reports on his arrest by Dakshina Kannada district police on October 21, 2009. Police also recovered the victim’s jewellery from the house of Mohan’s second wife. The jeweller from whom Mohan had purchased cyanide also identified him. Meanwhile, CID took over the case and filed a chargesheet.
The public prosecutor said the report from the Forensic Sciences Laboratory is crucial in this case as cyanide was found in the victim’s viscera. “Mohan, who fights his cases on his own, had sought two adjournments,” Shetty added.
Courtesy: Times of India