DNA tests incriminate Tangalle PS chairman, two others

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed the Tangalle Magistrate that the DNA samples found at the crime scene in the Tangalle tourist resort where British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh was murdered and his girlfriend gang raped on the Christmas Eve 2011, tallied with three leading suspects including Sampath Vidanapathirana, the former chairman of the UPFA led Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha.

The CID informed Magistrate Jayaki Alwis that the DNA tests carried out at Department of Forensic Medicine in Ragama proved that three suspects in the case were involved in the crime. The DNA taken from the blood samples and other materials found at the crime scene had tallied with the DNA of suspects Saman Deshapriya and Pradeep Chathuranga and the former local council chairman. At the request of the CID, the Tangalle Magistrate ordered the Government Analyst’s Department and the Department of Forensic Medicine to return the evidence that had been earlier sent for examination.

In this case non-summary proceedings have been initiated against eight suspects, namely Tangalle Local Council Chairman (UPFA) Sampath Vidanapathirana, his private secretary Mohottige Sarath (alias Sahan), Weerappuliga , H. T. Nuwan Chinthaka, E. T. Nadeera Shaman, Nalagama Praveen Chaturanga and Obada Arachchige Lahiru Kelum.  

The CID has framed 16 charges, including causing grievous hurt to and murder of British national Khuram Shaikh, unlawful assembly and gang rape of his girl friend Victoria Aleksandrovna Tkacheva, causing injury to the tourist resort owner Rayana Akalanka and causing damage of over Rs. 160,000 and theft of liquor valued at over Rs. 40,000.

According to the complaint, Khuram Shaikh, 32, from Milnrow near Rochdale was murdered at the tourist resort ‘The Nature’ in Tangalle on December 25, 2011 while he was on a holiday from his work as a Red Cross worker in Gaza. A graduate from Salford University, Shaikh was shot and stabbed when he and his Russian girlfriend, Victoria Aleksandrovna Tkacheva, were allegedly attacked at the resort by the suspects led by the UPFA politician. Later they had allegedly gang raped Khuram’s girlfriend. (Susitha R. Fernando)
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  • OMG Thursday, 12 September 2013 03:08 AM

    It has taken almost 2 years to do this DNA test!!

    No wonder we are an unhappy nation.

    perera Friday, 13 September 2013 02:45 PM

    try them in a court of law. if found guilty do what the indians are going to do to those rapists.
    hang the b low lifes. they dont deserve to walk on this planet.

    perera Friday, 13 September 2013 02:46 PM

    rubbish. that woman has nothing to do with it

    christo Friday, 13 September 2013 04:38 AM

    Part time girl friends could be raped and they do not need Justice. Loake uthum Rata Lankawai.

    Jan Chandra Friday, 13 September 2013 04:45 AM

    For your information Guantanamo is not yet closed despite the undertaking of closure within a year. It is now nearing ten years..

    Jan Chandra Friday, 13 September 2013 04:47 AM

    Why don't you wrack off and leave Sri Lanka to those who adore it.

    Narasha Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:42 AM

    Sahan Mohottige is working at (Saukya amathanshaya ) Bandaragama and living in Bandaragam
    Why he is not arrested yet ?
    Why criminals living peace ?

    Grace Friday, 13 September 2013 05:09 AM

    Sri lanka is the happiest nations to the politicians, their goons and those who have strong political connections.

    Wonder of Asia Friday, 13 September 2013 05:12 AM

    Jan Chandra, are you an associate of this murderer? Why are you trying to justify this crime? This is not Guantanamo, this is SL.

    Mongal Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:17 AM

    The result of Navi Pillay's visit.

    GameMan Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:28 AM

    Yes it has taken time, but at least these culprits will be punished.

    R.Dias Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:45 AM

    perhaps for the approval of the ....you know who..no..?

    Priya Thursday, 12 September 2013 06:50 AM

    The whole country wants justice to be brought to this case!!!

    Sriobserver Thursday, 12 September 2013 07:03 AM

    Wonder of Asia wellcomes the tourists in this way...

    Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:43 AM

    You mean with part time girlfriends met at Red Cross camps?

    Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:45 AM

    Which case in the country´s history has been solved in a shorter time frame? At least this is moving in the right direction.

    Achchcaru Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:52 AM

    Punished? Don't hold your breath.

    Disgusted Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:52 AM

    I am hundred percent agree with you

    george Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:53 AM

    You think so? or will someone give a call to the judge?

    kukula Friday, 13 September 2013 03:18 AM

    Mr. R V what does it matter to you? girl friend or wife there has been a crime committed.
    Just place your self in that position. Wake up man from your radical way of thinking.

    sanath Friday, 13 September 2013 03:19 AM

    Happy to hear Our Country is going on right direction for criminals now..

    Cynic Friday, 13 September 2013 03:54 AM

    Prediction: Sampath will be appointed Governor of the Southern Province very soon.


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