An Indian-origin woman and her ex-lover has been sentenced to jail for over 20 years for fatally poisoning her husband with cyanide mixed apple juice. Sofia Sam, 34, and Arun Kamalasanan, 36, both from Kerala are found guilty for murdering the 33-year old Sofia's husband Sam Abraham. The victim was found murdered in Epping in Melbourne in October 2015. Cyanide was found to be presently mentioned in his autopsy report.
The court set a non-parole period of 23 years for Kamalasanan and 18 years for Sam. "This is a very serious example of the crime of murder," Justice Paul Coghlan said while announcing the sentence. "Sam Abraham was a young man asleep in bed at home with his family when he was killed by the use of poison. I am satisfied that the poison was chosen as your murder weapon in an attempt to avoid detection," Justice Coghlan said.
The accused, Sam and Arun were both born in Kerala and met at Mahatma Gandhi University, where both studied science.