Doctor wanted to leave husband

A DOCTOR who was stabbed to death by her husband, who then killed himself and their young son, had wanted to leave him, an inquest heard today.Mr Chiti, 41, is believed to have killed his wife Anupama, 36, at their Rushmere St Andrew home before throwing himself off the bridge with his young son in his arms.

A DOCTOR who was stabbed to death by her husband, who then killed himself and their young son, had wanted to leave him, an inquest heard today.

Mr Chiti, 41, is believed to have killed his wife Anupama, 36, at their Rushmere St Andrew home before throwing himself off the bridge with his young son in his arms.

Dr Jayaprakash Chiti and his two-year-old son Pranau were found dead beneath the Orwell Bridge on February 1 this year.

The inquest, at Ipswich Crown Court, head that Anupama she was found in the bedroom lying close to some e-mails.


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She died of multiple stab wounds.

Giving evidence Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert said those e-mails had Jayaprakash's fingerprints on so it is "fair to assume" that he read them.

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The e-mails were from a Dr William Dunn, a doctor at Nottingham who Anupama had worked with.

The contents of the e-mails will not be read out at the inquest but Det Supt Lambert said it would be fair for anyone reading them to assume that there relationship was "more than professional".

Det Supt Lambert said: "Although there marriage seemed to be on firm footings for anyone looking into the family environment, Anupama often confided to her colleagues about her sadness at being within an arranged marriage and her desire to leave this relationship."

The inquest also heard that Jayaprakash had transferred £1,200 from a young savers account into the family's joint account and £4,400 from another account into the joint account.

One of the last people Jayaprakash spoke to was a friend who he had worked with in Mansfield.

In early February, after the deaths of the family on February 1, that friend received a box posted on January 31 by Jayaprakash which contained items of Indian jewellery and a letter asking the friend to pass them on to Jayaprakash's family in India.

Geater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: "This would seem to suggest the possibility of his actions being premeditated."

The court also heard that young Pranau often slept in his parents' room and so may have witnessed the attack on his mother.

Today's revelations were heard by grieving relatives who have flown in from India for today's inquest.

They spent more than two hours with Dr Dean discussing the proceedings before the inquest began.

Dr Dean apologised for the delay in proceedings but said it was because the relatives had only arrived late last night.

Det Supt Lambert was the first to give evidence.

Speaking of the background to the case he said that both the Chitis were born in India and had married there on December 30, 1988, in an arranged marriage.

He told the inquest that Anupama was the first family member to move to England in 1996 to pursue her career as a radiographer.

Jayaprakash remained in India with Ani for some months before moving to be with her later that year.

They originally lived in Nottingham before moving to Suffolk.

Det Supt went on to recount the tragic day in February when three members of the family were killed.

He said police received a call from a concerned member of the public at around 3.50am.

The man had seen a vehicle parked on the westbound carriageway of the Orwell bridge with its hazard lights on.

Police officers went to the scene and discovered a Toyota Corolla abandoned on the edge of the bridge.

Det Supt Lambert said: "The officer noticed what he believed to be blood on the steering wheel, the driver's seat and the gear stick of the car."

Upon further investigation the officer noticed the body of a man on a concrete plinth at the base of the bridge.

Other emergency services were then called to carry out a further search.

Police later found the body of Anupama, 36, with multiple stab wounds at the family's house in Seckford Close.

The couple's 11-year-old son Ani was found uninjured.

Mr Chiti was due to start a new job as a senior houseman in the accident and emergency department at Ipswich Hospital that week.

He had been working in the department as a locum for the preceding few weeks.

Anupama was a consultant radiologist who specialised in breast screening. The family had moved from Nottingham in the summer of 2003 after leaving their native India about five years ago.

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