Khuram murder: Police distorted statement, says Manageress

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In a startling revelation one of the main witnesses in the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh, the Hotel Manageress said that the Tangalle Police had distorted what she had said in her First Information Report to the Police on December 24, 2011.

Manageress Tharanga Peries said today in court that the Police had both added and subtracted in their recording what she had said told the Police initally.
She was cross-examined today by the lawyer for the 1st accused, Jayantha Weerasinghe PC.

“I don’t know the make of a gun and therefore I did not identify the gun as a pistol or a T-56,” she said.

Giving evidence on an earlier date, the witness said that one of the accused had threatened her at gunpoint and told her not to call the Police.

The Lawyer had questioned her on the statement recorded by the Police which indicated that she had identified the gun as a “Pistol” and thereafter as a “ T-56”.
“The Police also have not recorded the fact that I said that Victoria was assaulted by one of the accused. They have not written what I have said about the assault of Victoria but written other things,” she said.

She said that the initial statement was not read over to her, prior to getting her signature.

The trial will commence tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. at the Colombo High Court. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

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  • malij Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:58 AM

    "Justice is simply the advantage of the stronger".
    -Thrasymachus 5th century B.C., Greek philosopher.
    We simply have change the above quote to
    "Law enforcement in Sri Lanka is simply the advantage of the politicos".
    and wait for the outcome of the court case to confirm the actual quote by Thrasymachus.

    rosebud Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:47 AM

    Justice is DEAD in our beloved country. How do we sort out this mess? Surely there must be some brave judges out there.! via DM Android App

    Waco Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:03 AM

    Dimuthu,
    You hit the nail right on the head.
    Thank you.

    Radhya Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:14 AM

    Who knows it might have been a toy pistol???

    Radhya Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:14 AM

    Who knows it might have been a toy pistol???

    Nanda Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:13 AM

    Hey lady, beware of plastic gun, it's roaming around

    hasuntha Tuesday, 22 April 2014 04:56 PM

    Williow u r correct we must protect her

    grumpy Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:18 AM

    Puppets

    zuh Tuesday, 22 April 2014 02:50 PM

    thats why the almighty has informed us about a final day of judgment. .no one can escape from that...the correct verdict will be given on that day... via DM Android App

    Janaka Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:23 AM

    Sri Lanka's corrupt Police hierarchy will do anything and suck up to their masters like lapdogs disgracing the uniforms they wear.
    Janaka

    Ram Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:30 AM

    Politician offenders will always escape a guilty verdict thanks to our honest Police force
    Ram

    Fernando Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:42 AM

    justice has died long time before and exist its roots only.

    Fernando Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:44 AM

    Justice already passed away

    tikka Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:52 AM

    All contributing to firm internation inquery.......

    Dhana Wednesday, 23 April 2014 01:50 PM

    Police is everywhere but justice is No where!! Trust in God via DM Android App

    Rohitha Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:05 AM

    Please clarify whether Police spoke person was on duty in that police station then?

    Kapil Tuesday, 22 April 2014 03:36 PM

    So disgusting. The police, the government, the law, where are they headed? How long more is this curse? via DM Android App

    idr Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:48 AM

    We appreciate wrong moves. Court and judicial process also under one or two persons custody. We are trying show to world that we are civilized country and ppl. But truth us we are not ?. Whole country need change of way if thinking and way if respecting to each other . Not sure when we can reestablished our true Sri Lankan values again

    Janaki Kalansuriya Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:29 AM

    This case is heading in just one direction. INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE AND CASE DISMISSED.

    kudappa Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:34 PM

    Need to bring law and justice. Culprits should be Severely punished to give others an example. The incident is a black mark in our international forum.
    When uneducated monkeys enjoying the power, they think is whole world are them.

    Ranil Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:31 AM

    When this is how the wheels of justice grind in SL, who can blame the victims for taking their grievances to foreign adjudicators, even if they're not entirely unbiased? We like to call them traitors, but often they're desperate relatives with no hope of due process in the country.

    willows Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:22 AM

    What a brave lady, we all must protect her

    kukka Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:27 AM

    little correction. bunch of thugs

    Public Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:29 AM

    Shame on the Police Department and shame on us as well. What has the Police Laundry Person has to say on this now?

    Public Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:30 AM

    Will she be able appear at the next hearing?

    bobby Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:32 AM

    LOL should we ask Ajith Rohana to give a explanation :P ?

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:34 AM

    T.C. please

    damitha Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:49 AM

    British High Commission should give her special protection and VISA to the whole family for telling the truth.

    Dimuthu Heendeniya Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:27 AM

    Frankly speaking now we cannot believe sri lankan police statements at all. They are not a law enforcement agency. Highly corrupted politically backed bunch of people.

    sarath banda Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:53 AM

    people God is the law giver and the Judge if we disobey then comes the vengeance from the Lord
    guards will stand in vain


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