A 24-year-old school teacher was hacked to death inside a church in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi town on Wednesday by a man who police said stalked her for six months.
N Francina was praying inside St Peter’s Church around 8.30am, a usual part of her daily routine given the close proximity to the school she taught when the incident occurred.
According to police, eyewitness saw a man in his late 20s attack Francina with an aruval, a common agricultural implement similar to a machete, before fleeing the scene.
Francina, who sustained serious injuries to the head and shoulder, was admitted to the Thoothukudi Government Hospital. She later died.
Based on the eyewitness accounts, as well as CCTV footage, Thoothukudi Police tracked down the suspect to his residence, where he was found hanging.
Police said the man, who has been identified as J Keegan, stalked the victim for six months prior to the attack.
“We believe he approached her and she said no, which made him attack her,” a police official said.