"Frustrated over the threats, David hatched a plot to kill her."
An Indian man identified as David, aged 28, from Halasuru, Bangalore, was arrested on Thursday, June 6, 2019, for the murder of his live-in partner.
David, who works as a car mechanic, then dumped the woman’s body in the mountainous town of Sakleshpur.
The victim was identified as 25-year-old Sunitha, of Kadugondanahalli. David carried out the murder on May 12, 2019.
David and Sunitha had been in a relationship for five years and lived together. The woman’s parents assumed that the two were married.
However, issues began to arise for the couple after the suspect reportedly married another woman three years into his relationship with Sunitha.
Sunitha threatened David that she would reveal their relationship to his wife if he did not listen to her requests. This led to David plotting to murder her.
An officer who was part of the investigation said:
“Seven months back, Sunitha gave birth to a boy and started claiming that David was his father. She also started forcing him to make a separate house for them.
“She threatened him that she will reveal his relationship to his wife if he did not listen to her.
“Frustrated over the threats, David hatched a plot to kill her.”
On May 12, 2019, David called Sunitha to meet him near Silk Board junction as he wanted to talk to her.
Sunitha and her child met with her partner and his friend Srinivas. All four travelled by car to Sakleshpur.
On the way, Sunitha fell asleep and while she was sleeping, David strangled her to death. He then dumped her body in a secluded area in the early hours of May 13, 2019.
He then made Srinivas hand over the child to Sunitha’s mother. Srinivas told her that her daughter has gone with David.
The police officer explained: “Sunitha, while leaving her house on May 12, had told her mother that she was going to Tamil Nadu as her husband’s relative had died.
“When she did not return, her mother filed a missing complaint with the Kadugondanahalli Police.”
“When the baby was handed over to her and Sunitha did not return home even after a few days, her mother approached the police again.”
Sunitha’s body was later found by the Sakleshpur Police, but the body had not been identified.
They alerted the nearby police stations and the Kadugondanahalli Police found out it was the same woman who had gone missing.
They transferred the case to the Central Crime Branch (CCB). Detectives bought in David for questioning.
He confessed to the murder as he could not bear her harassment. The Indian man was later sent to Sakleshpur Police as further investigations were underway.