Judgment in cobra case fixed for Nov. 15

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate today reserved the judgment over a request made for the release of a cobra to the woman who had allegedly kept it in a room at a night club in Kollupitiya, for November 15.

When the case came up before Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne, President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsakularatne appearing for the suspect Nirosha Wimalaratne alias Dilani moved Court that the cobra be released to his client under any condition. Mr. Arsakularatne argued that there is no legal barrier to keep an animal like a snake in the possession of a person. He contended that even though the cobra comes under the dangerous animal category, there is no barrier to keep possession of a snake. “If there is a complaint received against such an animal, the Magistrate can issue a suitable order in respect of a dangerous animal. My client has affection to this reptile like other people are interested in pets like dogs. My client likes to keep a snake. She did not use the snake for dancing purposes,” the Defence counsel argued.

At a previous magisterial inquiry, Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne had directed the police to file a charge sheet yesterday, but it was not done so.
Kollupitiya Police argued that the police which investigated the matter arrested the woman on charges of having violated the provisions of the Fauna and Flora Protection Act and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Ordinance. Sergeant Rajapakse maintained that a dangerous animal cannot be kept in possession and as such they would object to the release of the cobra to the suspect. Police seized the cobra, and later handed it over to the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens.

President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsakularatne with Wasantha Batagoda, Thejitha Koralage and Sudarshani Gunaratne appeared for the suspect.
Sergeant Ekanayake, Sub Inspector Dissanayake and Sergeant Rajapakse of the Kollupitiya police prosecuted. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
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  • Suneth Thursday, 25 October 2012 08:17 PM

    How about Chalk Circle judgment. This lady and zoo keeper. And cobra is in middle of the circle ;)

    Black Mamba Friday, 26 October 2012 01:22 AM

    I am on your side Cobra lady, take care!

    Bushel Friday, 26 October 2012 01:40 AM

    Prashna nathuwata prashna

    silva Friday, 26 October 2012 10:49 AM

    this will decide the future of cobras . lol

    Saman Friday, 26 October 2012 02:38 AM

    I can hardly sleep.

    Sareek Friday, 26 October 2012 03:00 AM

    Judgment day for copra

    nirma Friday, 26 October 2012 02:52 AM

    Human rights violation.

    Sinns Thursday, 25 October 2012 03:36 PM

    Don't worry punchi kelle. You have rights and you get respect.
    All the best

    Lobo Friday, 26 October 2012 06:50 AM

    instead of harassing this poor girl and her snake who did not harm anyone go after the thugs and other criminals possessing illegal weapons

    michael Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:45 PM

    What about the snakes carried in a box by gypsies?

    SudhuPancha Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:27 PM

    Naya case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jagath Leanage Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:36 PM

    Romance with a cobra?


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