Moodbidri: Murder of Paul Goveas – son Dolphy found guilty

Daijiworld Media Network – Moodbidri (ANK)

Moodbidri, Oct 10: The principal district session on October 8 ruled that accused Dolphy Goveas, resident of Ajekar, was found guilty of murdering his father Paul Goveas (83) and murder attempt on his brother Stany Goveas (54) on April 14, 2017.

Case was investigated by Moodbidiri police inspector Ramachandra Naik. There was total of 36 witnesses. Dolphy Goveas was booked under IPC section 302, 307, 201, 427 and 447.

During the investigation, Police took the statement of Stany Goveas and had named the attacker as Dolphy. During the investigation DVR was taken to possession from Dolphy.

Kadloor Satya Narayana Acharya sitting judge of Cheif district and session court conducted hearing in the court.

Pushparaj Adyanthaya had argued for the prosecution. Quantum of punishment yet to be announced.

It may be recalled that on April 14, Paul Goveas a farmer living near Shediguri Chaitanya Yuvaka Mandal, was hacked to death and his son was injured by Dolphy Goveas with a sharp weapon.

Stany had named the attacker as Dolphy, his brother. Stany had invited his father to accompany him to the Holy Mass scheduled at Hosabettu church on the occasion of Good Friday between 5 pm and 7.45 pm that day. Paul said he was not willing to attend as his hand was paining. When Stany came back and was parking his motor bike, his brother, Dolphy, who was wielding a sharp weapon which looked like a sickle, reportedly shouted at him in Konkani, demanding his belongings. When he tried to murder Stany, the latter escaped but suffered injury to his head and ear. Later, Stany found his father in a pool of blood in the kitchen, it is gathered.

Dolphy, who is into Shaminana hiring business at Moodbidri, used to stay in the house of his parents-in-law at Ajekar. Wife of Paul Goveas had committed suicide under mysterious circumstances during January 2015 when no one else was at home. Many had suspected by the way the body of Lilly was hanging, that she was killed and hanged there. There were allegations that she was murdered on account of land dispute, and fingers were pointed at the role of Dolphy. But there was no headway in establishing his role in this murder.

Out of five children of Goveas, two sons are involved with dispute over landed property and the other three are daughters who live at Mumbai, Canada and Ooty. It is said that recently Paul had registered a land that was in his name in the name of his daughter, Felcy, living at Canada. He also had given power of attorney in favour of his son, Stany, with whom he lived. A case over property between Dolphy and Paul Goveas is pending in court. It is said that materials related to Shamiana business were scattered in the property of Paul Goveas, who objected to the visits by Dolphy.

The murder, as per an estimate, happened at around 7.30 pm. It is said that although CCTV cameras are installed around the house, DVR is not available. The cameras have not been touched.