Police sources said Michael Nzube, 28, was in a romantic relationship with a woman from Ukraine and his friend Chukwebuka Henry Ejimkonye, 31, had started making advances towards her which Nzube resented.
A quarrel ensued on Thursday night between the two. At around 1.45am on Friday Nzube went to the rented premises where Ejimkonye was staying and confronted him. A fight ensued and when Ejimkonye tried to closet himself in the premises, Nzube barged in and allegedly stabbed Ejimkonye four times in the stomach with a knife, injuring him.
The injured Ejimkonye then phoned his friend Michael Okoko for assistance. Okoko rushed to the apartment and took Ejimkonye in a car to a hospital in Mapusa. Nzube followed them to the hospital and began to assault the injured Ejimkonye and his friend in the hospital, leading hospital staff and others to intervene and stop the fight. Nzube then fled from the scene.
Due to the seriousness of the injuries, Ejimkonye was taken to Goa medical college and hospital, Bambolim, but he breathed his last on the way, sources said.
Police launched a manhunt for Nzube and managed to take him into police custody. They recovered the knife used to commit the murder but it has been broken, sources said.