Bharatha Lakshman killing: Case taken up before three-judge bench for first time

Bharatha Lakshman killing: Case taken up before three-judge bench for first time

Written by Staff Writer

12 Oct, 2015 | 10:03 pm

The case pertaining to the killing of four persons including Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, was taken up at the Colombo High Court on Monday. The case was taken up before a special trial at bar, comprising of justices Shiran Gunaratne, Kusala Sarojini Wijewardene and R.N.B. Moraes.

This was the first instance the case pertaining to the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was examined by a three-judge bench of the High Court.

Twelve suspects including former MP Duminda Silva and Ravi Jayanath alias Dematagoda Chaminda, were produced before court on Monday

The tenth accused in the case continues to be missing.

Giving evidence, Special Task Force Constable Damith Suranga Kumara, stated that former parliamentarian Duminda Silva assaulted three women on the date of the local government election, on the 8th October 2011, outside a polling centre in close proximity to Rahula College in Angoda.

He also stated that the wife of the Kotikawatte, Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Prasanna Solangarachchi, was among those who had been assaulted.

The police constable also stated that former MP Duminda Silva had assaulted the three women while questioning them as to whom they had cast their vote for.

Speaking to media, UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra noted that she hopes that her father’s soul will rest in peace and that much peace will be brought to their lives, as this case will proceed without any political interference.

The case is due to be taken up for trial again on Tuesday October 13.

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