Lankan in UK jailed for killing wife's lover

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A jealous Sri Lankan husband who beat his estranged wife's new boyfriend to death after kidnapping him in Milton Keynes was jailed for life with a minimum of sentence of 18 years.

Gnanachandran Balachandran, 38, was incensed when he discovered his wife Ragupathy Annalingham was seeing another man.

The Sri Lanken Tamil, who was granted asylum in 1999, organised the abduction of Suren Sivananthan, 32, from the Secklow Gate shopping area near Milton Keynes Theatre on the afternoon of Friday 20 January 2017.

For 12 hours, Suren was held captive, plied with alcohol and beaten in three different locations. He suffered 87 sites of injury. Two head injuries were the cause of his death.

The body of Suren, who normally lived in Canada, was left on the ground in sub-zero temperatures outside a parade of shops in Great Linford.

Last month a jury at Luton crown court found Balachandran, from The Fleet, Springfield in Milton Keynes, guilty of murder.

Judge Richard Foster jailed him for life ordering that he serve a minimum sentence of 18 years less 213 days spent on remand.

Balachandran's estranged wife had rekindled an old childhood friendship with Suren Sivananthan.A 17-year-old accomplice, who is too young to be named for legal reasons, was also convicted of murder and was sentenced to custody for life with a minimum term of 11 years less 151 days spent on remand and qualifying curfew.

Prashanth Thevarasa, 24, of Farrier Place, Downs Barn, Milton Keynes, was acquitted of Mr Sivananthan's murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter, but found guilty of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent. He was sentenced to 10 years.

Judge Foster described Balachandran as a "strong and dominant personality" who one witness described as a bully.

He said he did not accept that Suren was 'just a friend.'

During the trial the jury heard the husband had been watching Ragupathy's every move.

She and Suren had been trying to keep their relationship a secret from the local Sri Lankan community in Milton Keynes, but on the day of the abduction they had gone to the shopping centre together. When he went to a shop on his own he was grabbed.

Hours later, Suren's body was discovered outside a parade of shops in Great Linford, Milton Keynes.
The wife told the court that at one point while Suren was being held captive by the group she spoke to him.

She said he sounded as if he was in pain, telling the jury: "He told me in Tamil 'Everyone's beating me up.' He didn't know where he was and the call ended."

Suren stayed with Ragupathy at her home in Milton Keynes from January 10 this year and was due to fly back to Canada on Saturday January 21, the day he died.

David Bentley QC, defending the husband, said: "There is no evidence it was pre-planned." He said his client came from a troubled background and had been granted asylum in this country in 1999.

Martin Rutherford QC for the 17-year-old said he had been in the UK for 5 years and had lived in foster care. He had no previous convictions.(ITV News)

  Comments - 12

  • d.upul Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:29 AM

    Good punishment for both.

    robert Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:54 PM

    Bristish justics is immediate and and can not be covered up whether you are a president or punk.

    Nimal Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:51 AM

    These two guys knows each other well in Srilanka...how didn't victim know that he can be dangerous or not if you have an affair with his ex....

    Hautaum Sunday, 17 September 2017 01:45 PM

    Fact is, who wants get his wife to UK passed through various procedures with much expenses. Then, She has developed her style like west,has boyfriend from Canada.To see the developments of mentality of husband his friends, wife, boyfriend as they were in same axis beyond the justice

    Saman Sunday, 17 September 2017 02:28 PM

    Conviction for murder in just 8 months. In Sri Lanka it would have taken 20 years. They must be finally realizing how wonderful this country is.

    Expatriate Sunday, 17 September 2017 08:34 PM

    But if a white guy attacks an Asian then the investigation get stalled.This is how Britain works.

    raj Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:37 PM

    Foreign courts should punish those who either demand dowry or have obtained dowry or given dowry voluntarily and living in foreign countries where dowry is illegal and against laws.

    Don Juan Monday, 18 September 2017 05:06 AM

    We thank to British, Canadian and Norway and other European union governments, voluntarily taking and adopting thousands of these types of uninhabitable guys from Sri Lanka given them shelter.

    cristo Friday, 22 September 2017 08:50 PM

    how true ...serve his sentence at the UK expense ...and then when he,s resleased he,ll still get to stay in the UK .....We really are stupid ...no wonder the criminals of the world flock to europe...its the land of plenty for crooks

    SUPUN Monday, 18 September 2017 01:22 PM

    good job British government .. i hope sri lanka will also take quick legal decisions like these developed countries.

    cristo Friday, 22 September 2017 08:48 PM

    expatriate ....do you want a chip for the other shoulder just to balance you out ....have you forgotten the case in the UK where the SL pizza delivery guy was stabbed ...and his murderer was found and brought to justice very quickly ..try and base your opinions on facts next time rather than your bitter prejudices

    shiranee Saturday, 23 September 2017 01:51 PM

    it seems an old flame had propped up!! He travels all the way from Canada to see the lady...Sad situation !! however no excuse for murder.


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