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Murder Detective: Episode 4 - Maheswaran Kaneshan

DCI Ramanathan Somasundaram
DCI Ramanathan Somasundaram from the Metropolitan Police who worked on the Maheswaran Kaneshan case

Former senior Surrey detective and criminologist Graham Hill – best known for his work on the Madeleine McCann investigation - fronts brand-new true crime series Murder Detective, which takes viewers inside some of the most complex and shocking cases of recent years.

Crime+Investigation’s brand-new series, Murder Detective, produced by true crime specialists Peninsula Television, will see Hill bring his 30-year experience to provide a full 360-degree perspective on the inner workings, twists and turns of the police work in these fascinating cases.

In each episode Graham Hill sheds light on painstaking investigations through interviews with the investigation officers, as well as those most affected by the horrific murders: the family and friends of the victims.

Graham Hill pairs his detective methodology with forensic science and insider knowledge to provide true-crime fanatics with his expert understanding of how the cases were finally cracked. The episodes will also include key witness testimonies, brand-new interviews, forensic and psychological experts, and archive footage, taking viewers into the investigation to see modern crime-solving techniques at work.

In the fourth case, Hill examines how former fisherman Maheswaran Kaneshan sought asylum in the UK but became caught up in a gang feud that turned deadly.

Maheswaran’s life was controlled by the gang that had brought him to London. He lived in cramped accommodation, worked for little money, and was therefore struggling to repay the gang. A seemingly innocent job opportunity at a petrol station was the spark that lit a deadly fuse which would lead to Maheswaran’s murder. Gang bosses Anantharaja and Rajeskanna brutally beat Maheswaran, causing him to die in hospital 10 days later.

They remained at large for two years until Rajeskanna was found and arrested on international warrants. Hill speaks with dedicated investigators to examine how Sri Lankan authorities worked alongside UK officers to bring justice for Maheswaran and his loved ones.

The investigation saw Sivajodi Anantharaja get sentenced to life with a minimum of 24 years; his accomplice, 36-year-old Sivapragasam Rajeskanna, got life with 14 years minimum. Hill looks at how effective police work spanned two continents, ultimately bringing the gang bosses to face the music at the Old Bailey.

Available to stream on Crime + Investigation Play