Featured Image: (From Left) Son Darren, mother Jessica, dad Neil, daughter Samantha, and son Joshua. File photo from Fonseca family album.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 16 January: A 48-year old man of Sri Lankan’s origin has been found in a seriously injured state, and his wife and two sons dead, at their rented apartment at Palm Avenue in south Kolkata.
The apartment is located close by the house of former Chief Minister of the state, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
The man, Neil Fonseca, who is now battling for his life in a city hospital, has in a written statement to the police claimed that following a quarrel with him, wife Jessica Ansar Fonseca (42) slit with a knife the throats of their twin sons ~ Joshua Fonseca (16) and Darren Fonseca (16).
After this, Jessica attacked Neil with the same knife, and in self-defence Neil retaliated by slitting her throat with the same knife, Neil has added in the statement.
But police are not taking Neil’s version on the face value. Instead, police suspect that Neil might have had murdered his wife and sons in a cold blood, and than inflicted the injury on him to mislead. An extra-marital affair of Neil is suspected to be behind the gruesome crime.
Neil, who is an interior decorator, had relocated from Mumbai to the 73/1C second floor rented apartment on Palm Avenue about four years ago. His wife, Jessica was a homemaker, daughter Samantha Rebecca Fonseca (20) studies in the USA, twin teenage sons Darren and Joshua were class IX students at St Xavier’s School and the Assembly of God Church School in Kolkata, respectively.
Kolkata Police officers investigating the case said that Neil and Jessica’s marriage anniversary was on 13 January. To remain present on the occasion, their daughter Samantha came from USA recently, and so did Neil’s mother Shirley Fonseca and Jessica’s sister Shabana from Mumbai.
But Neil and Jessica apparently got into a tiff over something on 12 January, and the dispute lingered. On Friday night, Neil and Jessica retired in their master bedroom along with their two sons, Samantha and Shabana in another bedroom, and Shirley in the third bedroom.
Today morning around 8 am, Shirley knocked on Neil and Jessica’s door after their domestic help arrived to carryout the routine cleaning and dusting.
With there being no response, Shabana knocked on the door next, and was horrified when Neil opened the door in a severely injured state. He had grave injuries on his neck and limbs. On getting into the room, Shabana found Jessica and Joshua dead on the bed with their throats slit; below on the floor was Darren’s dead body with his throat also been slit.
It was then that she raised an alarm, and neighbours rushed in to witness the horrific scene. On being informed, cops from the Karaya police station soon rushed in, and sent Neil to a hospital and the three dead bodies for post-mortem.
Kolkata Police’s joint commissioner (crime), Debasish Boral, who visited the apartment, said that investigation was on to find out the motive behind the crime. “The father Neil has given a statement. We are verifying its veracity, but it’s too early to arrive at a conclusion,” he said.
Police are in particular puzzled as to how come the rest of those asleep in adjacent rooms did not get a whiff of the crime taking place in Neil and Jessica’s bedroom.