Kinathukkadavu Police on Wednesday arrested a 32-year old man in connection with the murder of Sherlin Benita Jenifer who was found dead with slit injuries on the neck, and face burnt beyond recognition, near Chettipalayam.

Superintendent of Police — Coimbatore Rural District M. Sudhakar told The Hindu that the victim’s body was found on October 2 and the murder could have taken place the previous day.

Based on the photographs of the deceased, Deepak of Pattanampudur near Sulur approached the police stating that the body could be that of his wife who had gone missing since October 1.

It is learnt that Jenifer of Pallipalayam near Erode was living in separation after the first marriage and got married to Deepak.

Perusal of cellular phone records of the deceased led to a revelation that the victim was regularly talking to Krishnamurthy (32) of Kuniamuthur in city.

He works with an educational institution in Kinathukkadavu.

Preliminary investigations led to Krishnamurthy confessing that he was the one who murdered Sherlin Benita Jenifer.

It is learnt that the victim who was planning to buy land got in touch with Krishnamurthy’s father who was dealing with registration stamp papers. The accused got to know the victim and started speaking to her over phone on a regular basis and they were in the habit of meeting.

According to the accused, the victim started pestering him for money and demanded Rs. 5 lakh and she refused to understand the inability of the accused to mobilise the sum demanded by her.

On October 1, Krishnamurthy took the victim in his car to the remote place and tried to reason out his inability to mobilise funds and when it failed to convince her, Krishnamurthy is said to have slit her throat.

After ensuring that she was dead, to conceal her identity, the accused poured petrol on her face and set it ablaze.

Krishamurthy was remanded in judicial custody.

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