Former primary school teacher Mohan Kumar,50,who allegedly poisoned 20 young women to death using cyanide between 2003 and 2009 was convicted in a third case Wednesday. He had been convicted in two cases Tuesday. The fourth additional and district sessions court in Mangalore,where all victims of Kumar belonged, will pronounce sentences in the cases on Thursday.
The serial killer was convicted Wednesday of murdering Sunanda,32,of Sullia in Mangalore region. Sunanda had disappeared on February 11,2008,after she left home saying she was going to a temple nearby. She was found dead at the state bus stand in Mysore that night.
The police said Kumar lured Sunanda with the promise of marriage after befriending her through a series of meetings in Dakshina Kannada district using the fake identity Shashidhar. He took her to a lodge in Mysore on February 11,poisoned her with cyanide at the bus stand in the evening and decamped with her gold ornaments.
Employees of a finance company where Kumar pawned the gold and that of the lodge in Mysore where he stayed with Sunanda were witnesses in the case.