Rethish Pullarkattil Kunjunny, 44, strangled his wife Shighi Padmanabhan and his 13 year old twin daughters Niya and Neha at their home in Essex, north-east of London in May. He later placed their bodies in two bedrooms of the home.
Two days later Kunjunny’s body was found hanging hear a reservoir in east London with a note that read: “My mother-in-law cheated me.”
During an inquest in Court, it emerged that in the week before the murders Kunjunny attacked Shighi after a dispute about a property in India. A detective said Shighi had been punched and kicked and she did the same back in retaliation. Later, on the day of the murders, a friend went round to the house and Shighi said ‘the marriage was over’ and they would be getting a divorce. During the visit Kunjunny said words to the effect ‘if that’s what she wants that’s what she can have’
The family had moved to the UK in 2005 from India an lived in Chadwell Heath where the girls went to school. Kunjunny, a chef was sending money back to India to build a house which his in-laws were handling.
The Coroner concluded that Kunjunny had committed a despicable act on his wife and children and perhaps he was overwhelmed by the consequences and felt he must take his own life.