The body of a 33-year-old man was found in a pool of blood at his Malad residence Tuesday night. The Bangur Nagar police said Ronald D’Souza, who worked at a rig in Abu Dhabi, was found to have been stabbed to death. Officers said they were questioning a number of people, including the deceased’s mother and the family driver.
An officer probing the case said Ronald’s mother Cecelia (54) was in a relationship with the driver and Ronald had disapproved of it, which led to problems between them. “We suspect the two decided to eliminate him since he was creating problems for them. We are interrogating them further to find out the exact motive,” said the officer.
The police said they were called after Cecelia informed her neighbours about the body around 10.45 pm, saying she spotted it after returning home from a walk. Inspector Deepak Phatangare, who is probing the case, said a mobile phone worth Rs 10,000 along with gold jewellery worth Rs 1 lakh were missing from the second-floor residence in Pai Mansion building on Malad link road.
According to Cecelia, a homemaker, she entered with the help of the house-key and found the body of her son with nearly six stab wounds lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom. Ronald, who was unmarried, was alone at home. His sister, an air-hostess, was away at work.
An officer had initially said though the missing articles pointed to a robbery having gone wrong, they were probing the case from all angles. “In the past, we have come across several instances where the murderer took along articles to make it appear to be a robbery case. Hence, no motive is being ruled out,” he had said. The police said Ronald worked on an oil rig in Abu Dhabi and would come back to the country when he was not offshore. According to sources, the building has a single watchman who told the police that two men had entered the building around the time Ronald was alone at home. The building does not have a CCTV camera network.