Thiruvanthapuram, March 2: The former church sexton who stabbed a 52-year-old Catholic priest to death on Thursday in Kerala’s Erkulam district was arrested from a forest on Friday afternoon, police said.
Priest Xavier Thelekkat, a tive of Kochi, was attached to the Angamaly diocese of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and was the rector of the Kuruishmala Church. He was attacked and killed by his former sexton, Jomy, an officer of the church who looked after the maintence of its buildings and the graveyard.
On Thursday, when the priest was coming down the hill as part of the Kuruishmala pilgrimage, Jomy stabbed the priest several times and fled to the forest.
The police with the help of locals had launched a search into the forest and on Friday afternoon, a visibly tired Jomy was spotted in the forests. He was taken into the police custody. The accused will be interrogated and produced before a magistrate on Friday or Saturday. (IANS)