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No leads on Dadar murder yet

Police probing the murder of 85-year-old Tabitha Fonseca in Hindu Colony, Dadar, have not yet been able to ascertain the motive behind the killing.

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2011 01:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Police probing the murder of 85-year-old Tabitha Fonseca in Hindu Colony, Dadar, have not yet been able to ascertain the motive behind the killing.


While gold jewellery approximately worth Rs 50,000 was missing from the body of the victim, the police suspect this could have been done to present the murder as part of a robbery attempt.

“We are probing two major angles. Since the 85-year-old woman was the only tenant in the building, we are investigating if there is some property issue involved,” said assistant commissioner of Police (Matunga division) D Suryavanshi. “It could also have been a case of robbery, and we have therefore questioned several people who knew that Fonseca was residing alone,” he added.

Fonseca’s body was found on the ground floor of her two-storied home, when her daughter opened the door on Friday morning. She had been strangulated to death with a piece of cloth.

Her son lives in South Korea, while her daughter, who found the body, lives in Kalina. The police added that Fonseca used to give tuitions to children from the locality a few years back.