Kahawatta Killing: case to be heard in the presence of a special jury

Kahawatta Killing: case to be heard in the presence of a special jury

Kahawatta Killing: case to be heard in the presence of a special jury

Written by Bella Dalima

13 Dec, 2013 | 9:14 pm

The Colombo High Court decided on Friday that the case pertaining to the double murder in Kotakethana in Kahawatta will be heard in the presence of a special jury.

High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe stated that hearings will be held daily from February 6 next year. On  January 31 last year, seventeen-year-old Chathurangani Sellahewa and her 52 year old mother, Nayana Nilmini were murdered in the Kotakethana area in Kahawatte.

Charges against L. Dharshana alias Raju and his wife were filed at the High Court in connection to the double murder.

The attorney representing L. Dharshana and his wife stated in court that there is hatred among the masses towards his clients due to reports published in Sinhala language newspapers and therefore requested that the case be heard in the presence of a jury fluent in English.

Taking the facts presented into consideration, Colombo High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe ordered that the case be heard in the presence of a special jury.

The judge also issued notice on the accused. Fifty two witnesses have been cited in the case, including the son and daughter of the accused who have been instructed by Justice Kumudini Wickramasinghe to inform court if they are faced with any problem.

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