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NRI Saju Chelavalel sentenced to life for
murdering wife, 2 kids in the UK

Los Angeles, July 04, 2023 A.Gary Singh

A 52-year-old man from Kerala, who admitted to killing his Indian wife and two children last year, has been sentenced to life, involving a minimum of 40 years in prison, by a UK court.

Saju Chelavalel, who was sentenced at the Northampton Crown Court on Monday, had pleaded guilty to three counts of murder of his wife Anju Asok, 35, a staff nurse at Kettering General Hospital, and her two children Jeeva and Janvi Saju, aged six and four..

The three died on December 15, 2022, when emergency services were called to Petherton Court to reports that they had suffered serious injuries.

Chelavalel, originally from Kerala in India, claimed he lost control while drunk in the mistaken belief that his wife was having an affair.

  • He killed his wife at around 10pm on December 14 at their ground-floor flat.
  • The triple killer bowed his head as a court was told he made an audio recording that allegedly captured the sounds of coughing and retching as he strangled his wife.
  • Opening the facts of the case, prosecutor James Newton-Price KC said an audio recording captured the sound of a blender being used to make a ‘toxic’ mixture of chocolate and pills intended to send the children to sleep.
  • Mr Newton-Price said Chelavalel urged police to shoot him at his home, where he also left instructions for his own and his family’s bodies to be cremated in India.

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