Chennai: A 22-year-old-unemployed youth killed his girlfriend, a BCA final year student, who got placed in campus interview, after she refused to revive their relationship, which she had severed on the advice of her family, in Mahabalipuram, on Friday night.
The couple went to Mahabalipuram as a parting treat, and as well as to celebrate her birthday, which fell on Thursday (March 30). The deceased were identified as John Mathew, (22), resident of Semmenchery and Jennifer Pushpa, (20), resident of Kottivakkam.
John who is a B.Sc chemistry pass-out was not able to find any suitable employment, and was assisting his father — Manika Dass in tailoring. As Jennifer was firm in severing ties, John convinced her to come with him for a trip to Mahabalipuram.
“At around 6 pm, he had taken her to Pulikugai, a secluded spot, which is 3 km away from Mahabalipuram, on ECR. There he blindfolded the girl on the pretext of handing over a belated-birthday-gift. He then banged her head with a brand-new hammer repeatedly until she collapsed and died. Using her dupatta, he hanged himself. He was seen showing the gift-wrapped box to the girl while loitering in Mahabalipuram, and had put it back in his bike citing that it would be the last item in their itinery. The gift-wrapped box was found near the corpses”, said a senior police official privy to the investigation.
Jennifer’s father Irudayaraj was traced with the help of the items, which were found on the deceased. Manika Dass too was informed about tragedy.
Sources said that Jennifer chose to walkout on John after her family talked sense into her by invoking his employment status and how they would fail in the future.
This had enraged the youth who failed to convince Jennifer to renew their relationship. He purchased the ‘hammer’, and planned their last road trip with the conviction of a definite conclusion to their relationship.