The latest PlayStation is to die for. But it turned into something to kill for when a 14-year-old schoolboy murdered a woman and sold her gold earrings and chain to buy the video game console.
And that is not all. His aunt and uncle helped him execute his plan on Sunday in Sriperumbudur, 50km from Chennai, in Kancheepurum district.
The boy, a Class 9 student, was desperate for a PlayStation. But his father, a security guard at a private firm in Chennai, could not afford to buy the console which costs around Rs 8,000.So he went to his aunt’s house in Sriperumbudur and hatched a plan to murder J Rajam, a 68-year-old retired nurse who lived in the neighbourhood. He had seen her wearing a lot of jewellery during his earlier visits.
On Sunday afternoon, he asked his aunt to invite Rajam home. When she went to their house, the boy allegedly strangled her with a piece of cloth. Not sure if Rajam had died, the boy's aunt smashed her head with a grinder.
“At night, the boy and his uncle packed the body in a sack and took it to the neighbouring Sengadu village where they set the body on fire and fled,” S Manoharan, district superintendent of police, told mediapersons on Tuesday.
The next day, the police found the half-burnt body.
During investigation it was found that Rajam was last seen going to the house of the accused. “When questioned, the boy confessed to killing the woman. All the three accused are now in police custody,” Manoharan said.