Matara beach had been a very popular place attracting many from all walks of life, keen on spending a day in a relaxed manner. This place had become very popular with lovers, who spent time with each other, whispering sweet nothings.
Text and pix by K J Jayaruk
As the place consists of Judiciary courts, three schools and two religious places, police had been more vigilant in the area in controlling the behaviour of those who frequent the area. Police had also on certain occasions arrested couples who misbehave in the area creating a nuisance to others, and even had prosecuted them. Despite the warnings on special notice boards these lovers more often seemed to have ignored them while in ecstacy. Frequent arrest by the police seems not to have deterred the lovers from visiting the Matara beach.
As we begin our story, this young girl was just 16 years and having sat for the O/L, was attending private tution classes in Matara in preparation for A/Ls. Her boy friend also of 18 years is the son of a police OIC of Matara district.
They decided to visit Matara beach on last 22nd after their tuition classes. They had sat on the beach opposite the Matara rest house and while they were talking to each other, an individual with a pole similar to a Baton was approaching them chasing away the couples who were on the beach. He had come near the couple and after identifying as IP Perera had remarked, “You two were misbehaving, come with me to the police station.”
The under-aged lovers were ordered to get into his vehicle, a black car and driven near the Matara railway station. The stranger had also using his mobile, called police emergency unit 119 while being in the car. The boy was then ordered to get out of the car and as a punishment for his behaviour to run to the junction and come back. The boy obeying the command of the stranger had run to the junction and returned to find the black car and his fiancee both missing from the scene. When he called her on her mobile she had answered saying that she is being dropped at the Matara bus stand. He failed to realise that the girl was answering the phone under the threats of the stranger.
The girl had been taken to a lonely spot in Tangalle area, by the stranger who posed-off as a police inspector, and she was sexually abused by him inside the car. In this manner a young girl blossoming into her adulthood lost her jealously guarded chastity. The girl was dropped at a spot along the Tangalle-Matara main road and the stranger whisked away towards Hambantota. The girl regaining her senses had called her boy friend and informed what had taken place, and as instructed by him had arrived by a bus to the Matara bus stand.
Accompanied by her mother and the boy friend the young girl had gone to the Matara police station and lodged a complaint. Ms Waruni Bogahawatta the OIC of the Matara Division Police, Child and Women’s Bureau who took over the investigation had to spend few more hours extracting details of the crime from the boy and the girl and being convinced, had to mount a special investigation to locate the car involved in the incident.
In the absence of any knowledge of the number of the vehicle it was a tedious job for the police, but the duo who remembered seeing a doctors Stethoscope inside this car and a Doctors pass pasted on the windscreen of the car assisted the police in a break through. Police obtained details from the hospitals of a black car used by the doctors and the names of the owners. The police thereafter checked on the CCTV recordings in cameras fixed outside the shopping areas in Matara Town. In a recording made at a private bank CCTV camera the boy and the girl were able to identify a black car that had passed through the town at that time as the wanted car.
While Waruni Bogahawatta was attempting to obtain a court order in this regard, an individual had come running to her office that a similar car had been spotted at the Matara beach. Her vehicle being in garage at that moment she had hurriedly run towards the beach with a team of police officers. They noticed the wanted individual observing the behaviour of lovers while seated in his car. Suddenly he had seen the approaching police party and started the car in order to escape. The police party who got into another van had followed the car and over took it and stopped it near the Matara pola obstructing its movement.
The suspect who got out of the car had struck a severe blow on to the Lady police officer. But quickly he was overpowered by the other police officers who brought him to the Matara head quarter police station.
The under aged boy and girl identified the suspect as the one who kidnapped, posing off as a police inspector. The crowd which had gathered at the police station had attempted to assault the suspect, which the police averted.
Inside the car of the suspect the police had found contraceptives, NICs and SIM cards belonging to several young women, a stethoscope and pole in the shape of a Baton.Sources revealed that the suspect (39) was the husband of a doctor attached to a government hospital and a father of two children, and many young women had been lured by the suspect in this manner after threatening them, posing off as a police officer. It was also revealed that most of the victims had not reported these incidents to their parents or the police fearing their secret visits to the beach with their lovers would be stopped by the parents.
Reports have now been received from Kataragama, Badulla, Embilipitiya and Kahawatte areas about the suspect’s involvements in similar incidents. The suspect had also been charged for assaulting a reputed actress slashing her with a sword inside a pharmacy in Kataragama.
The suspect, a resident of Badalkumbura is unemployed and had been living a luxury life with the income of his wife. Police are also investigating to establish whether the suspect is involved in Bigamy.Woman police inspector Waruni Bogahawatta has now earned the respect and accolades from the Senior DIG of Matara Chandana Wickramaratne and Matara SSP Deshabandu Thennakoon for resolving this crime within two days.
From reports reaching authorities, several young women who had visited this beach had suffered similar fate under this sex pervert.
Police cautions lovers and others to exercise caution while relaxing on the beach. Parents also advised to be more concerned about the movements of their children.
Courtesy Sunday Lankadeepa Translated by Bernard Edirisinghe
Comments - 1
Keeper of Public Morals Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:47 AM
This is the problem when you have House Husbands. They have money and enough time to indulge in this sort of nefarious activities. Working Wives are ignorant of the activities of their HHs. They must be fitted with electronic trackers or fed with Alu Kessel. via DM iPad app
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