Panaji: Mention of former Goa Minister
Francisco Pacheco`s live-in partner Viola Fernandes as his
"wife" in a newspaper advertisement seemed to have angered his
female friend Nadia Torrado and led her to commit suicide,
Pacheco`s lawyer told a court here today.
Nadia, 28, showed "suicidal tendencies" and she tried to
end her life when she was 15, a fact mentioned in the records
at Mumbai`s Jupiter Hospital (where she was taken for
treatment after consuming poison on May 15), the defence
lawyer told the sessions court.
The 46-year-old NCP legislator is in judicial custody
in connection with Torrado`s death after allegedly consuming
poison in May. He has been booked by the police on the charge
of abetment of suicide and culpable homicide not amounting to
"On May 14, there was an advertisement about a drama
scheduled in Benaulim constituency (represented by Pacheco) in
which Viola Fernandes was named as wife of Pacheco and the
chief guest at the event. This might have irked Nadia," said
Surendra Desai, lawyer defending the former Tourism Minister.
Pacheco, fighting a divorce petition against his wife
Sara, is in a live-in relationship with Viola since 2004. The
NCP leader has described Torrado, who had filed for separation
with her husband Wilson Barretto, as his "close friend".
"Nadia was presenting herself as Pacheco`s wife. That was
evident from an airlines tag found at her house which read
her identity as wife of Tourism Minister," Desai said.