Kochi: The former sexton of Malayattoor Cross Church, Malayattoor Vattapparamban Johnny gets life imprisonment in the murder case of Rector Fr. Xavier Thelakat. Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court sentenced the accused.
On March 1, 2018, at the Malayattoor Kurisumudi junction, Johnny stabbed Fr. Xavier. Johnny had been kept out of the job following excessive drinking. According to the police charge sheet, Johnny grabbed a knife from the pilgrimage center on the day of the incident and stabbed Fr. Xavier to death.