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Poorly-lit building helped two accused

While 85-year-old Tabitha Fonseca was a cautious woman, who did not allow strangers inside her house, a little negligence on her part might have helped the two accused enter her flat unnoticed, the police said.

mumbai Updated: Nov 17, 2011 01:32 IST
Mohamed Thaver

While 85-year-old Tabitha Fonseca was a cautious woman, who did not allow strangers inside her house, a little negligence on her part might have helped the two accused enter her flat unnoticed, the police said.

According to Matunga police, the two-storeyed Fonseca building in Dadar, where the octogenarian resided alone after the death of her husband, was poorly lit, which helped the accused enter the ground floor flat with ease.

“As the building compound and corridor did not have proper lighting arrangement, the structure was shrouded in darkness, which helped the accused,” said police inspector Prashant Raje, who was part of the squad formed to solve the crime.

The accused knew that Fonseca usually came out around 8.30pm to close the main gate. That night too they waited near the main door for her to open the it, the police said.

As soon as Fonseca opened the door, Jitendra Sahu and Ashok Jaiswal, who were waiting near her building, allegedly pushed her inside the house, gagged her with a tablecloth and strangled her.

The accused then collected whatever valuables they could lay their hands on and fled from the spot, the police said.

Raje added that because it was dark, no one saw them enter the building, even though it is located at a crowded area in Dadar.

Fonseca’s son lives in Korea and her daughter in Kalina, Mumbai. She had been staying alone as she did not want to move out of her house even though her daughter had been asking her to do so, police said.