Kerala serial-killer, Jolly sent to 6-day police custody

Kerala serial-killer, Jolly sent to 6-day police custody

Agency News

Kozhikode, 11 Oct 2019: Jolly Amma Joseph, the serial killer who killed six within the family, has been sent to police custody by First Class Chief Judicial Magistrate Court near Kozhikode till October 16.

On Friday, thousands thronged at the magisterial court in Thamarassey to catch a glimpse of the so-called serial cyanide killer, Jolly Amma Joseph, the prime accused in the murders of Koodathayi here in Kerala.

The police requested to the court that they would require all the three accused for 11 days custodial interrogation, as they suspected the involvement of Jolly in five other deaths as she appeared to be the common thread.

But the court granted only six days and posted the matter for Monday 5 p.m. for the bail hearing. Along with her two accomplices, M S Mathew and Preji Kumar, Jolly was sent to police custody by First Class Chief Judicial Magistrate Court near here till October 16.

The accomplices helped her by supplying cyanide, and all three have been arrested for plotting the murder of Jolly's first husband Roy Thomas. At present this is the only case that has been registered by the police against her.

The police had a very tough time keeping the huge crowd at bay in the court premises. When Jolly was taken into the court and out there was huge booing. But she was taken before the court amid tight security and this forced the court to regulate entry.

The first in the family to die was retired teacher Annamma Thomas (57) in 2002 and this was seen as natural death. In 2008, her husband Tom Thomas (66) died of 'heart failure'. In 2011, their son Roy Thomas (40), the husband of accused Jolly, died in similar conditions and the autopsy report pointed to poisoning and was written off as a case of suicide.

In 2014, Annamma’s brother Mathew Manjadiyil died in nearly the same circumstances. Two years later Sili, the daughter of Mathew, and her daughter Alpine were killed. Renji Thomas, sister of deceased Roy Thomas, said Shaju was in love with Jolly before the death of his first wife Sily.

She claimed she had suspicions about the deaths after Jolly and Shaju got married. During Sily's funeral,she said there was 'a mysterious joy' on Jolly's face. She immediately told her brother Rojo (who is in the US and filed a complaint over property dispute which led to the unfurling of the murders) that Shaju was expected to marry Jolly.

Jolly prepared a fake will of her father-in-law and usurped the property. During deliberations to resolve the property dispute Jolly insisted that the complaint of suspicion about the deaths should be withdrawn as a pre-condition for compromise.

The probe team is looking into the financial deals of Jolly's friend and jewellery employee MS Mathew, who has been arrested. Another accused goldsmith Prajukumar, who supplied the cyanide, is also in police custody.