Dubai murder suspect commits suicide in train

August 8, 2016 | Brainwave Science

Dubai murder suspect commits suicide in train
August 8, 2016 | Brainwave Science


According to The Times of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reported that murder suspect Devyani alias Annie Verghese under investigation following an 11 year old missing person’s case of a Kochi woman, Smitha George has committed suicide.

A brief history of the case dates back May 2005 when Smitha George had married and gone to live with her husband Anthony Chirakkal in September in his Dubai home. Anthony had called one day to Smitha’s parents to say she had eloped with another man and even faxed a letter claiming to be written by Smitha. Devyani was a domestic help at Anthony’s home at the time.

The incident occurred June 16th as Devyanni was reported to have ingested poison on the train while being transported to Ahmedabad for further forensic investigation at Raksha Shakti University (RSU).

Efforts to save her life and get confessions failed as doctors declared her unfit. Devyani who had earlier given her consent for the iCognative test at RSU later died July 9th, 2016.


Devyani’s demise has dealt the CIB investigation a major setback in the ongoing investigation as was she neither able to take the scheduled iCognative test at RSU nor give dying declarations at the ICU. She being the second suspect other than Smitha’s husband Anthony Chirakkal, of the later found skeletal remains of the murder victim.

In another twist, the Kerala Police, when probing the letter faxed by Anthony, found that the letter handwritten by Smitha matched Anthony’s hand writing. Anthony was also reported to have also taken the iCognative test at RSU and results submitted to CBI.

As the “missing person” and “murder” plot thickens investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys seek for alternative solutions to help with complex investigations such as this. What was the motive, what did Smitha’s autopsy reveal? Is there a way to analyze these corroborative evidences in a scientific manner with high degree of certainty whether a person has some event specific information or not?


If Devyani were (as earlier consented) alive to take the iCognative test, it could have helped to reveal what specific knowledge of the crime committed. Information present or information absent.

Her test result could have could have been compared with Anthony’s test result to find out who is the real culprit, was there a connivance or was Devyani simply caught in an web of orchestrated crime by Anthony. Did she take her life to avoid taking the test to avoid guilt, or simply to avoid public shame or humiliation regardless of what she did know or not? Possibly, she could have been exonerated by just taking the test.

Nevertheless, even with the demise of Devyani all hope for justice for Smitha is not lost. Anthony’s iCognative test results will reveal the information of the crime. Knowing whether the information absent or present in Anthony’s brain is crucial to either his conviction or acquittal of the crime.