Sex, Lies & Cyanide! Judge awards Serial Killer ‘Cyanide Mohan’ with Life Term till Death With No Remission
Mangaluru: Mohan Kumar, aka “Cyanide Mohan”, a serial killer who murdered at least 20 women after telling them that he wanted to marry them, and then using his modus opernadi of giving the victims cyanide pills as pregnancy preventive pills, and who was arrested few years ago, and tried in Mangaluru Court is once again convicted, where he had seduced a 31-year-old woman from Bantwal and killed her using his same old tactics.
Mohan Kumar (born 1963), also known as Cyanide Mohan, is a serial killer who preyed on women looking for marriage. A Mangaluru fast track court tried and convicted him for the murder of 20 women. He was accused of luring women who were unable to pay dowry or were unable to find suitable husbands. He would kill them by giving them cyanide pills, claiming they were contraceptives, and rob them of their jewelry. He was charged with 20 murders and defended himself in court. He was sentenced to death in December 2013.
Briefing the media persons at her office Public Prosecutor, Judith Crasta said, ” Sixth Additional District and Session Court has convicted Mohan Kumar alias Cyanide Mohan with multiple sentences including a life term till death without a remission in a case. Judge, D T Puttarangaswamy found him guilty under sections IPC 366 for abduction, 376 for rape, 417 for cheating, 328 for poisoning, 302 for murder, 201 for destroying pieces of evidence and 392 for robbery. Mohan has also been awarded six years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 3000 fine (defaulting which will invite one month of simple imprisonment) for abduction, seven years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 3000 fine (defaulting which will invite one month of simple imprisonment) for rape, six months simple imprisonment for cheating”.
“Seven years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 2000 fine (defaulting which will invite one month of simple imprisonment) for poisoning, life term till death without remission for murder, five years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 3000 fine (defaulting which will invite 1 month of simple imprisonment) for destroying evidences and another five years rigorous imprisonment and Rs 3000 fine (defaulting which will invite one month of simple imprisonment) for robbery. The sentencing was done on 29 January 2019 and the announcement of the conviction was made on 31 January” added Ms Crasta.
Ms Crasta further said that 38 witnesses were called for examination pertaining to the case, along with 72 documents were presented and 35 material pieces of evidence were screened in the trial. The judge has also directed legal aids service to consider compensation for the parents of the victim”. Briefing on this victims case, Ms Crasta said, “Mohan Kumar, posing as Sudhakar Gowda, had met the victim a resident of Bantwal at the Vittla Bus Stop and got her phone number. He became too friendly with her, and offering to marry her, requested her to come to Puttur Bus Stop on 22 April 2009, along with all her jewellery. Trusting Mohan, she quit her nursing job at a Puttur Nursing Home and escorted Mohan to Mysuru, where they both stayed in a hotel room. There he raped her, assuring her that he will marry her”.
“The following day on 23 April 2009, Mohan requested her to keep all her jewellery and other belongings in the hotel room, telling her that he had made an appointment for a job interview for her, and convincing her offered her cyanide pills as pregnancy preventive pills, which killed the woman in a restroom at a KSRTC Bus Stand in Mysuru. The victim’s body was recovered by the Mysuru police, who booked the case as unnatural death. Unfortunately, the case did not proceed further since the victim’s family didn’t file a missing person complaint, for the fact, Mohan Kumar acting as Sudhakar Gowda, had informed the victim’s family members that they are happily married, and will return home in few days” added Ms Crasta.
Ms Judith Crasta further said, “After this incident, Mohan had lured three women using this victim’s phone number. Even though Mohan has been booked in 20 murder cases using his same tactics, today’s court conviction is for his sixth case, wherein the other five cases, Mohan has been sentenced to death in one case; lifetime death without remission in two more cases; and death sentence commuted to life and 5 years of rigorous imprisonment in another case. Still, fourteen more cases are pending for trial in the court”.
Sources reveal that apart from murder, Mohan was also alleged to have been involved in bank loan frauds and forgeries. He was a primary school physical education teacher from 1980 to 2003.