Published:  01:27 AM, 11 October 2019

Cyanide killer sent to 6-day police custody

Cyanide killer sent to 6-day police custody Jolly Shaju allegedly killed six members of her family over a period of 14 years. -PTI

Hundreds of people gathered outside a local court in Kerala's Kozhikode on Thursday as a woman who has allegedly confessed to killing at least six people over money and property was led away by the police. Jolly Shaju, 47, is the main accused in the sensational Kerala serial killings that have captivated the nation over the past few days.

Along with two other accused, Jolly was sent to police custody for six days. The other two are 44-year-old MS Mathew, a friend of Jolly, and Prajikumar, 48, who allegedly supplied the cyanide used by Jolly to murder at least half-a-dozen people, reports NDTV.

Jolly Shaju was arrested on Saturday for the murder of her former husband, who died of cyanide poisoning. The police say she has confessed to murdering five others, but they are focusing on getting evidence first.The challenge is that the six murders span 14 years - from 2002 to 2016.

The only conclusive evidence the police have is on the former husband's murder. The case was reopened after his brother filed a complaint. This led to five more bodies being dug up, including that of a one-year-old girl.

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