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Monday, June 27, 2016

Caretaker kills elderly woman, pockets cash of Rs 9lakh & gold

Panaji: A caretaker, in alliance with two accomplices, allegedly murdered an elderly woman for monetary gain. The police said caretaker Dileshwar Patra, a native of West Bengal, met Natividade alias Nettie Teodora Fernandes, 87, at an old age home in Moira. Police said her body was found buried at an isolated place in Mayem.
The police arrested the two other accused involved in the crime — Narayan alias Prathamesh Naik, 21, from Ratnagiri and a resident of Mayem, and Chandrakant Bhise, 22, a resident of Vasco and from Dharwad, Karnataka. Police have sent a team to Mumbai to arrest Patra, who is untraceable.
On June 14, 2016, Jose Heredia from Porvorim filed a complaint before Porvorim police station that Patra kidnapped his friend (Fernandes) and wrongfully confined her at an unknown place.
Based on the allegation, the police started the investigation and found that the caretaker met Fernandes at an old age home where he became pally with her. Due to Patra's unruly behaviour with the other staff of the old age home, he was evicted on February 28, 2016. While leaving the old age home, Patra took the victim's cell number. Later, Patra allegedly convinced her to leave the old age home and stay with him in a flat at Socorro.
Porvorim police station PI Jivba Dalvi said the caretaker took Fernandes into confidence. The victim started issuing him cheques and the accused withdrew around 9 lakh from different bank accounts besides stealing her gold ornaments.
When Fernandes started suspecting him of cheating, she started being vocal about it which led the accused to kill her, sources said. Patra contacted former jail inmates Bhise and Naik and carried out the murder on the intervening night of May 2 and 3 by smothering her with a pillow. Her body was allegedly carried to an isolated cashew plantation site in Gavlan, Mayem, in a car and then buried. The police recovered gold ornaments worth 8 lakh sold by the accused to different jewellers. They also recovered some more gold, which the accused kept in a bank to get a loan of 1 lakh.

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