Dippy Vankani for Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai, July 9: The murder of Ruzario D’Souza, makeup man to stars like Maria Goretti, Malaika Arora Khan and Mini Mathur, has taken a sensational turn with his murderer Naresh Narker confessing that he killed D’Souza when he reneged on a promise to pay Rs 50,000 for the five times the two had sex.
On Wednesday, Narker, himself a small-time makeup man, confessed to the Vile Parle police that the two were lovers and D’Souza promised him Rs 10,000 for each session. According to the police, Narker killed D’Souza after the latter refused to pay him for the last five sessions.
“Narker told us that he was D’Souza’s lover and was offered money for sexual favours. We have sent D’Souza’s viscera for chemical analysis to verify he had sex the night he died,” said Bhausaheb Gite, police inspector, crime, Vile Parle police station.
D’Souza, 40, was the personal makeup man for Indian Idol anchor Mini Mathur and MTV VJs Maria Goretti and Malaika Arora Khan. He was murdered on July 1 at his Vile Parle residence in Goodwill Society on L P Thakur Road.
Initially Narker said he murdered D’Souza because the latter failed to repay a personal loan of Rs 55,000. But he soon broke down and confessed to being D’Souza’s gay partner. Narker said he accompanied D’Souza home on July 1 and had sex with him.
At approximately 10.30 pm he asked D’Souza for the money owed to him. However, when D’Souza refused to pay up, the two got into a heated argument which ended with Narker slitting D’Souza’s throat and stabbing him several times in the chest. Narker then tried to escape by climbing out of the toilet window and down a water pipe. However, alert residents who had gathered around the building following D’Souza’s screams for help, nabbed Narker. D’Souza who was a bachelor is survived by his father who stays in Mangalore and a married sister who stays in Mumbai.
MONEY CAN'T BE THE ISSUE: Mini Mathur
Commenting on the allegation that the murder was committed over non-payment of money, Mini Mathur, a close friend and client of D’Souza’s, said money could not have been an issue. “Ruzario was doing very well. He was busy throughout the year and made ample money, so I don’t believe that he refused to pay back Rs 50,000. I have never seen or met Naresh Narker but know that he was Ruzario’s assistant many years ago,” Mathur said. She added, “For the last five years I have never worked with anyone but Ruzario. He was the nicest human being ever and made friends wherever he went.”