Delivering justice to 66-year-old Patrick Harry David's family, the Cantonment police have finally solved his murder.
David a resident of Juna Modikhana in Camp, was found bludgeoned to death on Sachapir Street in Camp in the wee hours of March 12.
Police have arrested a history-sheeter, Mahesh Mahadev Ovhal (22), a resident of Kondhwa, who, with his two accomplices, was earlier nabbed in 2009 for allegedly stealing documents from Cantonment court.
The deceased was an alcoholic and used to visit a wine shop often. He had earlier worked with an engineering company from where he was fired in 1981. He used to stay out of his home for days, police said.
Inspector (Crime) Nitin Jadhav from Cantonment police station said, "Investigations revealed that David was addicted to alcohol.
He was used by agents at the railway reservation counter to stand in queue; they would give him some money in return." The Detection Branch (DB) sleuths on Monday nabbed Ovhal based on a description they had sketched.
Ovhal was a juvenile when he was arrested in an earlier case. "On Tuesday, Ovhal was produced before the Cantonment court which remanded him to five days in police custody," Inspector Jadhav added.
Death threats and bullying did not stop a 10-year-old girl, who was sexually abused by a 35-year-old-man, from remaining silent. Mustering courage, she confided in her sister, who then informed their mother. The matter was soon reported to the Sahakar Nagar police. On Monday, the minor was on her way to a grocery store when the man made a move on her. Introducing himself as her father's friend, he gained her confidence and took her to a construction site, where he sexually molested on the pretext of measuring her height. Cops are now preparing a sketch of the accused based on the description given by the girl. The suspect has been charged under sections 354A, 506 and other relevant sections of the IPC.
How the murder happened
> The victim, a drunk, was sitting on a footpath when he met the accused
> The victim thought the accused had stolen his wallet
> They got into an argument, which led the accused to pick up a stone and hit the victim on the head