An old woman was stabbed to death by a man who stole her gold ornaments worth Rs. 70,000 on Thursday.

Police said the youth, who entered the house of V. Shanmugathaai (58) of Dhakshinamurthy Nagar under Puliyarai police station limits, stabbed her and took the ornaments weighing about 4.5 sovereigns. As the victim screamed in fear and pain, her neighbour M. Pitchaiah (65) tried to nab the burglar who assaulted the old man with the knife.

The culprit was caught by the public. During interrogation, he was identified as Sankar Kumar (28) of the same area.

While Shanmugathaai died on the spot, Mr. Pitchaiah has been admitted to hospital with stab injuries.