The jury delivered a guilty verdict for Sofia and Kamalasanan for killing Sam Abraham after nearly six days of deliberations. They are each facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The pair will return to court for a pre-sentence plea hearing on 21st March 2018. Justice Paul Coghlan will sentence the pair at a later date. Kamalasanan showed no emotion as the verdict was announced, while Sofia sobbed as she was led into custody by guards.
Sam Abraham (34 years) who hailed from Punalur in Kerala State died of heart attack in his sleep on 13th October 2015 at his Kirk Street home in Epping, Melbourne. Or that was what everyone thought had happened to Sam Abraham. Sam migrated to Australia 2 years before his death and was living in Epping. He was a good singer and was very much active in Malayali gatherings in Melbourne. He was married with a 4-year-old child. After his death, his body was taken to Kerala for cremation at Karvalur Marthoma Church. There was nothing suspicious on the surface for an unsuspecting eye.
But the investigating Police was smelling something fishy in the whole episode. 10 months later Detectives arrested Mr Abraham’s wife, 32 year old Sofia Sam, and her male friend, Kamalasanan alleging a bizarre cyanide poison plot. What made the Police suspicious was that Sam was attacked three months before his death, which was treated as an attempted murder.
When his body was discovered at the Kirkland Ct property last October police and Mr Abraham’s relatives believed he had died from natural causes.
Along with Sam’s wife Sofia Police have also charged Arun Kamalasanan, 34, of Port Melbourne, with attempted murder and a separate charge of murder.
There were no signs of suspicious circumstances when Mr Abraham died but it was later discovered that he had been poisoned with cyanide. Police intercepted phone calls of Sophia Sam and Arun Kamalasanan during the investigation. Police had about three months of recordings of the telephone conversation between Sofia and Arun.
Both Sofia Sam and Arun Kamalasanan pleaded not guilty to the charges
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