Saiva priest’s wife, 10-year-old son, killed in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 September 2008, 03:15 GMT]
Unidentified robbers killed Monday night the mentally handicapped wife of a Saiva priest and her ten-year-old son in a house on Clock Tower road, Neeraaviyadi, a densely populated area in Jaffna town, sources in Jaffna said. During the inquest held at the site of the killings by Jaffna Additional Magistrate Tuesday evening the brother of the woman killed said that the valuables in the house had been robbed.

The victims were identified as Gnaaneasvara Kurukka’l Gnaaneasvari, 49 and her son Manoraj, 10.

Gnaaneasvari, living with her son alone, had Sunday evening fetched their dinner from the relatives living next door. They had gone to sleep after dinner.

The neighbours on noticing the house remaining locked the whole of Tuesday broke open the door and found the corpses of the victim’s lying face downwards.

The heads of the victims had been stabbed with a sharp instrument while there were signs of being beaten on the body.

Jaffna police handed the bodies to Jaffna Teaching Hospital mortuary for post mortem examination to be held.

Police, investigating into the killings, said that the motive of the killings appear to be robbery.

The killing in the densely populated area has shocked the residents of Jaffna town.


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