A 56-year-old woman was murdered and robbed in her 7th floor apartment at Versova on Wednesday morning. The police have detained four suspects, including the garbage picker and watchman of the society.
The woman, who has been identified as Sabatina Fernandes, had been living with her husband Victor, 59, in a flat in Mangela Machhimar Cooperative Society next to Bollywood actor Govinda’s bungalow in Andheri (W). According to the Versova police, the incident took place between 10am and 11am, when the deceased was alone at home. Victor, who is a retired businessman, had gone out to make a doctor’s appointment and buy medicines for his wife, who had been unwell over the past few days. When he returned home, he found Sabatina lying dead in a pool of blood just outside their main door, next to the lift. He panicked and called his relatives, who live nearby
. They reached the spot and immediately informed the police. The police have arrested the garbage picker in the case.
According to the police, when the deceased opened the door to hand him the garbage, he attacked her with a sharp weapon, after which he stole around 10 tola gold jewellery she was wearing and fled. The watchman of the building and two other associates of theirs have also been detained. “We got to know about the involvement of the accused after we found an earring belonging to the deceased from a garbage bag lying on the ground floor. The accused, while fleeing away, threw the garbage bag there,” said inspector Ashok Pimple of the Versova police station. The building where the incident took place is under maintenance, and the lift in the building wasn’t working either. Also, of the four flats on the 7th floor, three were unoccupied. “Our uncle used to go out only once a day and get everything done in one go, to avoid climbing the stairs as the lift doesn’t work,” said Anthony D’Souza, a relative of the deceased. “My children live abroad and my wife was my support. I have been taking care of my wife as she wasn’t keeping well. I can’t believe this has happened to her and she is no more. I am in a state of shock right now,” said Victor Fernandes. The couple has two sons, who work in the aviation industry in Qatar and Dubai. They have been informed about the incident and will be coming to Mumbai as soon as possible. The police are trying to find out how many of the four accused were present when the murder took place.
The post-mortem report of the deceased revealed that the deceased had head injuries and a cut on the left side of her neck. “The police told us that they found bloodstains on the garbage bag apart from the small item of jewellery belonging to Sabatina, which lead them to the accused,” added Anthony.