Student ‘poisoned mum and sister with pesticide to clear betting debts’

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A student has been accused of poisoning his mum and sister with pesticide after racking up huge cricket betting debts.

P Sainath Reddy was arrested in India on suspicion of killing them so he could sell the family home to clear what he owed.

The 23-year-old reportedly squandered money on cricket betting and racked up debts worth thousands of pounds.

He allegedly killed his mum P Sunitha, 44, and sister P Anuja Reddy, 22, so he could sell their house in Medchal to settle his debts.

The suspect, a student at CMR College, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of lacing their food with pesticide, according to the Times of India.

He is said to have mixed it with their rice on November 23, and packed lunch to avoid suspicion.

He took them both to hospital after they complained of feeling ill, where they died days later.

His dad Prabhakar Reddy died three years ago in a road crash, with his savings left in the mum’s bank.

Her son reportedly wanted to lead a lavish life and started gambling on cricket.

Police said the mum's bank account was linked to the son’s mobile and he knew her internet banking details.

He withdrew thousands of pounds worth of rupees to place bets on cricket matches, officers said.

They claim he also flogged off her gold jewellery behind her back and borrowed cash through money lending apps.

Police said money lenders put pressure on him and threatened to send notices to his home and contact his family.

Inspector M Praveen Reddy claimed he then hatched his murderous plan.

But their surviving relatives grew suspicious after he couldn’t pay the hospital bills.

He said: “During the interrogation, Sainath confessed to have committed the murders to prevent his mother from knowing about the debts and clear his way to dispose of the small piece of family land.”

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