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Court denies bail to 57-year-old Mumbai woman charged with conspiring to kill her son

Malad resident Cecilia D’souza charged with conspiring with her driver after her son objected to their relationship

mumbai Updated: Oct 31, 2017 15:46 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
The 57-year-old woman from Malad is on trial for conspiring with her driver to kill her son.
The 57-year-old woman from Malad is on trial for conspiring with her driver to kill her son.(HT File (PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION))

A session’s court in Dindoshi, Mumbai, has refused to grant bail to a 57-year-old woman who allegedly conspired to kill her 33-year-old son after he opposed her relationship with their car driver.

A resident of Evershine Nagar in Malad (west), Cecilia D’souza has been in jail for two years now, but the driver Bharat Olly, who is believed to have committed the murder with the help of his brother Dipak, is absconding.

The judge held that if D’souza is released on bail, she would, with help from the absconding accused, likely tamper with prosecution evidence and intimidate witnesses.

On December 8, 2015, D’souza called the police saying that she had returned home and stumbled upon her son Ronald’s body in the garage of their house. She told police officials who arrived at the spot that Ronald had been working in the garage when she stepped out and that she had gone to the garage to investigate after he had not responded when she called out to him. Ronald was lying on the floor bloodied with multiple stab wounds, she said, adding that she called the police immediately.

Three days later, the police arrested her and said she confessed to the murder in custody, by which time the Olly brothers had absconded.

According to D’souza, she has been implicated falsely and that she was not involved with her driver Bharat, who, she said, is younger than her son. She has said that she learnt Bharat and Ronald had a fight only when she met Bharat on the street some time after the murder, and that’s when she realised that Bharat had killed her son.

The prosecution objected to the bail plea saying that the trial is in progress and as many as 30 witnesses have been examined already. D’souza was present in the garage when Bharat and his brother killed her son, the prosecution alleged, pointing out that call data records show that she and Bharat were in constant touch, and that D’souza had called Bharat 12 times on the day of the murder, which has helped ascertain where she was.

After considering arguments from both sides, the court observed that “there is prima facie strong evidence to show the involvement of Cecilia with the alleged offence”.

“Considering the seriousness of the offence, which is punishable with death or life imprisonment, there is every possibility of [the accused] destroying evidence and fleeing from justice,” the court observed while denying her bail. “Further, the applicant, with the help of the absconding accused, is likely to tamper with prosecution evidence and intimidate witnesses.”

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 15:46 IST