British rugger players death: Police question trishaw drivers

23 May 2018 06:28 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Fort Police questioned several trishaw drivers in connection with the deaths of two British rugger players, after a visit to a nightclub in Colombo.

Police are hoping to identify and arrest the trishaw driver, who is believed to have given brown sugar narcotics to the ruggerites, while they were on their way to the night club in Kollupitiya.

British rugby player Thomas Howard (26) and 27-year-old Thomas Baty passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties.

Police are on the look out for a trishaw driver after Thomas Baty had given a statement from his hospital bed, where he said that they had consumed brown sugar drugs given by the driver.

The Fort Police said they had recorded statements from several trishaw drivers and were yet to identify the wanted driver.

Police suspect the cause of the deaths to be a drug overdose, because postmortem examinations confirmed there were no external injuries nor any other illness.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 14

  • MO77 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:36 AM

    Sri Lanka is hub of drug, thug and corruption

    Janaya Thursday, 24 May 2018 07:51 AM

    Which is also one form of development beneficial only to a few.

    TRUE Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:14 AM

    Very True. The number of arrests @ BIA is on the increase. One reason being the involvement of politicians.

    Saradiel Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:40 AM

    Young people don't die like this. Specially sportsmen like rugger players. Got to find the responsible people and punish them. Drugs is a real menace in this country.

    Dee Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:05 AM

    It's high time that all hotels put up warning signs at the lobby about using 3 wheelers. They are a menace in every aspect. Not only for foreign persons but for locals too.

    Thass Wednesday, 23 May 2018 07:22 PM

    Don't generalise.Use the word 'Most' more often. Yes, most threewheel drivers are a menace.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:06 AM

    All the Trishaw's parked outside Cleopatra night club of Liberty Plaza are agents for all types of drugs including pure cocaine... you name it they have it. The Colpetty Police is paid daily

    Rasheed Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:21 AM

    Not only Kollupitiya Police, all the even the top is looked after.

    Nirmal Wednesday, 23 May 2018 10:41 AM

    Drugs available in open market in Rathmala Kaldemulla area, Mt Lavinia Police don't know anything.. this is how banana republic operates.

    Gona Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:20 AM

    Democratic Socialist Republic of SriLanka. A country like no other. Oops!

    dulan Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:50 AM

    Sri Lanka is not one of the major drug using countries

    MSR Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:13 AM

    Just as much as we blame the Trishaw drivers, players have acted stupidly as well. Why would you go to an unknown country and consume any shit given by any person. I'm sad for their death, but they should have been more precocious and disciplined.

    Sangaralingham Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:52 AM

    Many years ago I was in Egypt. Some traders try to sell me some liquid in small bottle say a drop will sharpen my mind and do well in exam. Another man closeby said it is rubbish not to buy or put in my mouth. Similar the these men if they tasted tihis sugary rubbish .,fault they should not buy or put anything to taste or ingest. Both allergic and toxic reaction may be cause respiratory problems death.,. Sad part they died in a strange land away from family friends

    Gamarala Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:11 AM

    Police should do spot checks regularly on all trishaws. They use many illegal means to make an extra buck.

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