A 35-year-old man was brutally stabbed to death at his Malad residence late on Tuesday, a fortnight after he returned from Abu Dhabi, where he was employed. Ronald D’Souza was found dead by his mother, when she returned from a walk. Police suspect a relative could be involved but are verifying facts.
Ronald’s 54-year-old mother Cecilia told the police she walked into the house to a grim sight of ‘blood on the bedroom floor’ around 10.30pm. Ronald was stabbed at least six times with a sharp weapon, the police said and suspect the involvement of more than one person.
Ronald was on his annual vacation from Abu Dhabi, where he worked on an oil rig. A neighbour described him as “friendly and soft-spoken”.
The police said the assailants were probably known to Ronald as there was no sign of forced entry. They stabbed him thrice in the chest with a sharp weapon and thrice in the left leg, the police said. The police did not find the weapon in the house.
Sources said the watchman, Laltap Singh, told the police he remembered two men enter the building around 8.30pm to go to Ronald’s house. Ronald came later, the watchman told police. The duo left only around 9.30pm. Around an hour after the duo was gone, Ceclia returned from the walk.
When Ceclia did not get a response to repeated knocks, she entered the room using her own key. Shocked to see her son lying on the floor covered in blood she went to her neighbour for help and eventually the police was informed.
“Ronald’s mobile phone and a gold chain were missing from the spot. We are investigating all possible angles for the murder,” said an officer from Bangur Nagar police station.
Several police sources also said no one is given a clean chit so far and the veracity of Cecilia’s version is being checked.