Moodbidri: Revati (46) of Yamala in Niddodi near here had reportedly gone missing since Jan 12.
Her husband had died a few years ago. Her brother had filed a complaint in the matter to the police here, while also expressing a suspicion about the possible involvement of one Shekhar Shetty (48), a resident of Gampa near Nandabettu, who ran a tailoring shop Shunthilapadavu in Niddodi. He also alleged that Shetty had pawned his sister’s gold ornaments in a bank.
The police interrogated him. He admitted to having pawned the gold but said that an amount of Rs 30,000 owed by the deceased to a self-help group had been repaid. With no further proof, he was let free. Since then, he was not seen around.
He was arrested from Mumbai and was brought to the station on Thursday. Under public pressure, he was thoroughly grilled. He finally confessed to having murdered her in a forest. Since she was constantly after him to get her gold back, he said, he tricked her into coming with him to the forest. There he strangled her with a nylon rope until she choked to death.
Revati’s body was found in a decomposed state in the forest on Saturday morning.