officer found guilty of TV executive's killing
court Thursday held a former naval officer guilty of culpable
homicide of television producer Neeraj Grover and his actress
girlfriend Mariah Monica Susairaj responsible for destroying
evidence in the sensational 2008
The curtains finally came down Thursday on one of the most
sensational crimes of passion that hit trhe city in recent times
involving a former naval officer, his starlet girlfriend and a
television executive, who was killed in 2008.
Mumbai Sessions Court Judge M.W. Chandwani Thursday pronounced the
judgment holding former naval officer Emile Jerome Mathew guilty
of culpable homicide of television producer Neeraj Grover.
Mathew's actress girlfriend Mariah Monica Susairaj was held guilty
of destroying evidence in the killing at her apartment in Dheeraj
Solitaire building in the northern suburb of Malad.
The former naval officer's lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan said that
during the trial, the court examined 66 witnesses and hundreds of
pages of evidence and police investigation reports.
Around 7 a.m. May 7, 2008, Mathew suddenly came from Kochi, where
he was posted, to Mariah's home and found Grover naked in her
According to prosecution, an angry Mathew abused and assaulted
Grover and stabbed him with a kitchen knife.
Mariah told police that the first stab was so violent that
Grover's intestines spilled onto the floor. Mathew kept kicking
and stabbing Grover even as Mariad watched in horror but did not
shout for help.
The next morning, Mariah went to Hypercity shopping mall and
bought a huge suitcase, air-fresheners, plastic bags and
bed-sheets from there.
Mathew and Mariah chopped Grover's body into pieces and stuffed
these into the bag, along with the blood-stained bedsheets and
curtains in her home.
Later that afternoon, Mariah borrowed a friend's car, and along
with Mathew placed the bag into the car and drove off to Manor, in
adjoining Thane district, on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.
At an isolated spot in the dense forest, they burnt Grover's body
pieces and other articles before returning home around 9.30 p.m.
However, unknown to them, a building watchman had seen them
putting the bag in the car. He later revealed this to police.
This and other developments during police investigations blew the
lid off the crime and the duo was arrested May 21.
Mathew revealed that he stabbed Grover because he felt the TV
executive was merely "using" Mariah and would not give her any
role in television serials.
Mariah had earlier caught Mathew having an affair with a
Bangalore-based woman and had confronted him. Mathew confessed to
his affair with a 25-year old woman who was his schoolmate in
After Mariah threw a tantrum over Mathew's six-month affair, he
apologised and promised to end it - and lived up to his promise.
The actress also studied in the same school but was two years
senior to Mathew. She was introduced to Mathew by her younger
sister, who was his classmate.
Mariah came to Mumbai barely three months before the killing and
was introduced to Grover through a common friend, working as a
cameraman. They remained in touch over phone.
Soon they started meeting regularly at a coffee shop in north
Mumbai's Oshiwara, a cluster of many television and film
She also went and lived with Grover at his Andheri flat for a few
days and he was a regular visitor to her home in Malad.