I saw PS Chairman, accomplices attacking Khuram: Resort Manager

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The Tangalle Nature Resort Manager said she saw Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana and some others, who accompanied him to the resort’s Christmas Party mercilessly assault Khuram Shaik near its camp fire area.

Manager Tharanga Pieris in her evidence led by Senior State Counsel Thusith Mudalige told High Court Judge Rohini Walgama that the hotel had organised a Christmas Party on Christmas Eve and tickets were sold to locals and foreigners.

She said the hotel provided food and beverage to the guests who attended the party.

Ms. Pieris said there was a campfire outside the hotel and that she saw the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapatirana, first accused Lahiru Kelum and some others who accompanied them assaulting a man whom she later came to know as Brian.

She said fifth accused Sarath shouted out pleading that the assault on Brian be stopped.

Meanwhile Khuram Shaik who happened to come there attempted to save Brain by upbraiding the accused saying, “What are you doing.”

Ms. Pieris said she tried to prevent Shaik from going but that here attempts had failed.

She said she then saw Shaik being assaulted by the accused and when Shaik tried to get away to get to his cabana he fell down close to the swimming pool.
Ms. Pieris said she then saw first accused Kelum assaulting Shaik’s girlfriend Victoria with a chair that was near the swimming pool.

“Victoria fell into the pool and when she tried to come out of the pool, she was further assaulted by the first accused,” the resort manager said.

With the situation getting worse, her assistant Nayani and the Chef asked her to call the police. When Ms. Pieris moved towards the reception area to telephone the police, the fourth accused Prageeth Chaturanga standing closeby aimed a gun at the witness and threatened to shoot her if she telephoned the police.

She said she saw Victoria giving artificial respiration to Shaik who tried to get up twice but fell back.

Ms. Pieris said went to the neighboring hotel, “Paradise” and she returned sometime later after a worker informed her that the situation had calmed down.
When she returned to the holiday resort she saw blood stains close to the swimming pool and in the lobby area with broken glass bottles on the floor.
Ms. Pieris said more than Rs.100,000 worth of hotel property was damaged. She said she complained to the Tangalle police and later to the CID.     
The accused in the case being heard in the Colombo High Court on a request made by the Attorney General on January 22 are: Lahiru Kelum, Saman Deshapriya, Tangalle PS Chairman  Sampath Chandragupta Vidanathirana, Prageeth Chaturanga, M. Sarath alias Sahan, and S. Prageeth Chaturanga by  Attorney General on January 22. Further hearing has been put off for today. (T. Farook Thajudeen and Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Alugosuwa Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:24 AM

    Mack, you must be either new to Sri Lanka or an infant in the crib. via DM iPad app

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 02 April 2014 05:58 AM

    A great advertisement for the Chinthana tourism.

    lab Wednesday, 02 April 2014 06:01 AM

    Death sentence on them your honour!

    Appu Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:31 AM

    If you read carefully PS chairman is not the first accussed....So who lead the team there?whose powers they used? again police playing politics and use law loop holes to benefit of influence. via DM Android App

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:34 AM

    Tangalle Nature Resort Manager's statement is a true statement. Accordingly, the culprit Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana should be given the maximum punishment as per the Law.

    Alugosuwa Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:07 AM

    Victim had identified the assailants. She has given a description of the barbaric assault on her fiancée, this has been witnessed by a lady and this brave lady has come forward to give evidence knowing the risks involved. DNA evidence will further implicate these rascals. These are enough to send them to the PORAKAYA. Enough people to do the rest free of charge. Yes GRATIS. via DM iPad app

    peter Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:46 AM

    with all these on the spot evidence they tried to hide this under the carpet? No wonder of international inquiries...!

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:47 AM

    This statement by Tharanga Pieris shows that their are still a few who are honest, righteous, with conscience and bold amongst the Sinhala race. Salutations to you madam.

    JKJ Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:52 AM

    This is really cruel and with this clear witness, I hope they would get maximum punishment.

    Jikilin Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:22 AM

    No , British guy tried to kill Chairman of Tabgalle PS. Russian girl also tried to rape Vidanapathirana .

    JDR Thursday, 03 April 2014 01:49 AM

    all right now everything is clear with good evidence & the culprits be given max punishment, but the police guys who assisted these culprits should be given capital punishment in front of public.

    The God Father Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:11 AM

    Hope these are the mongroos that to be hung after a long time.

    mueez Wednesday, 02 April 2014 05:51 PM

    At last

    men Wednesday, 02 April 2014 03:18 PM

    Hang these culprits. Poolside parties,sex, alcohol etc etc killing r dignity

    Devapriya Mendis Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:11 AM

    No one of the accused should be spared at any cost, death penalty or no justice at all. This is how sri lanka can prove to the world that justice system still works even though its politicised like in US or elsewhere, irrespective of their political affiliations. Nothing short of this will be suicidal for Sri Lanka's future

    Miris Baba Somay Thursday, 03 April 2014 06:06 AM

    [quote name="Kiris Baba Amaray"]Tangalle Nature Resort Manager's statement is a true statement. Accordingly, the culprit Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana should be given the maximum punishment as per the Law.[/quote]
    What law? Do we have one?

    SL Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:48 AM

    These political cronies shall be sent to gallows to give justice a breath .

    Fayad Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:52 AM

    Case is very well proved, only way out is President's pardon

    mack Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:34 AM

    why justice taking so long to be given to the victims? are there any political interference from the top? via DM Android App

    ABC Wednesday, 02 April 2014 01:38 PM

    Eye witness account and let's see justice is served. via DM Android App


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