A 14-year-old boy has been arrested along with his aunt and uncle on charges of murdering an aged woman and robbing her gold jewellery to buy a video game console, police said today.
The charred body of the 69-year-old Rajam, a retired nurse living alone in Ekkadu village in adjoining Thiruvallur District, was recovered near a bush at Sengadu near Sriperumpudur on Monday, police said.
Investigations revealed that the boy desperately wanted to buy the video game costing Rs 8,000 and gave the idea of killing the woman, their neighbour, after his aunt said it was too expensive, Sriperumpudur Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Gajendrakumar said.
The boy had invited Rajam to his house on the pretext of giving her mangoes and strangulated her using a piece of cloth while his aunt hit her head with a grinder stone resulting in her death on Sunday.
They then took the woman's jewellery and packed the body in a gunny bag. Later, the boy and his uncle took the body to a far away place on a two-wheeler and set it afire after dousing it with petrol.
Police, who found the charred body, cracked the case after corelating it with a woman missing complaint filed by Rajam's son Roger Daniel, living in Chennai.
The boy's neighbours told police they had last seen Rajam visiting his house. On questioning the boy, he confessed to have murdered the woman with the help of his aunt, the DSP said.
The three were produced before a court here yesterday. While the couple were remanded to judicial custody and sent to Vellore prison, the boy had been sent to a juvenile home, police said.