New South Wales Homicide detectives investigating the death of Prabha Arun Kumar who was brutally stabbed on March 7 by an unidentified suspect, may visit India to meet her family.
“Considering the nature of the investigation and because it is Prabha’s home town, it is an obvious line of inquiry. It’s important we don’t speculate but we need to exhaust every line of inquiry,”Detective Acting Inspector Ritchie Sim said.
The 41-year old techie was brutally stabbed on her way back from work at Parramatta Park at Sydney’s west on March 7, she was barely 300 meters from her house and continued to speak to her husband Arun Kumar in India over the phone. In her final moments, the mother of a 9-year old franticly informed her husband that someone was following her and then told her husband that someone had stabbed her. She died later that night at Westmead Hospital.
Following her death and subsequent public outpour, the New South Wales pressed-in detective squad ‘Strike Force Marcoala’ to investigate the matter and conduct extensive inquiries. Investigators ruled out any kind of sexual-assault and robbery, however the investigation did not pin point at any suspect.
“Prabha’s death has affected a lot of people, including her family in India and the wider Australian community. These people need closure and we are reliant on the public’s help to allow us to bring that to them,” Detective Sim said.
Releasing a low resolution footage of 01:31 minutes with grainy visuals, the police sought public assistance to identify a person what seemed to be like a dark shadow walking through Parramatta Golf Course towards Jubilee Lane, on the night of Prabha’s murder. “The person in the footage is one person who we have not been able to identify so far. While it’s not the best footage, we are hoping it might prompt someone’s memory,” Ritchie Sim said. He added that the investigators identified the footage while canvassing in the area, however were not been able to identify the person.
This is the second release of CCTV footage by the detective squad seeking public assistance. The first video was of Prabha getting-off the train at Parramatta Railway Station, where she was seen talking on the phone. The video was released prior to her formal identification.
Sim’s said that the police are closely working with Prabha’s family and investigators are exploring appropriate channels to travel to India. They however did not mention any official itinerary.
Meanwhile, the Community Migrant Resource Centre of Parramatta donated a plaque in Prabha’s name to Parramatta Park Trust. On November 22, coinciding with Prabha’s birthday, the Parramatta Park Trust will also be naming the footpath along Jubilee Avenue in Prabha’s name and a memorial service will be conducted where the investigators will also participate, the detective added.
Prabha Shetty, a software consultant with Mindtree was working on a client project since 2012 and was due to return to India in April. She hailed from Nandagokula in Amtoor village in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka and held a computer science engineering degree. She lived in Bengaluru with her husband G Arun Kumar and their 9-year-old daughter.