Khuram’s girlfriend identifies accuse

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Victoria Alexandrona the girlfriend of murdered British national Khuram Shaikh said although she identified the suspect who assaulted her at the poolside of the resort at the Tangalle Magistrate’s Court, she did not point him out during the identification parade in fear of her life.

The witness led by Senior State Counsel Thusitha Mudalige made this disclosure to High Court Judge Rohini Walgama, giving evidence at the High Court trial into the killing of British tourist Khuram Shaikh in a Tangalle resort on the night of December 24, 2011.

The witness also said she met Shaikh in North Korea when she went there to study on a scholarship. She said at the time, Shaikh too was in North Korea, working for the Red Cross. They became lovers and had a relationship for two-and-a- half years, intending to get married in 2012.

They had visited Sri Lanka twice in 2011. The first occasion was in February. On December 17 they came to Sri Lanka for the second time and stayed in the resort hotel in Tangalle.

On the night of December 24, there was a party in the hotel and she saw people dancing in the hall.

Around midnight, while they were in the hall, Shaikh and she had an argument. As Shaikh was not speaking to her she sat on the floor and cried, and then went towards the cabin where they stayed. The cabin was near the pool and when she went near the pool a person with curly hair came there and asked her why she was crying.

The witness who became scared and annoyed ran towards the cabin where some persons came and assaulted her and then threw her into the shallow end of the pool. The witness said she tried to come out from the pool by climbing the steps but once again a person who stood at the top with some others kicked her on her head, throwing her back into the pool.

Thereafter,   with much effort she came out from the deep end of the pool and called out for Shaikh. Meanwhile she saw Shaikh lying on the floor and when she went to him she saw him unconscious, with cut injuries on his face.
The witness said she took Shaikh to her lap and she too fell unconscious. She regained consciousness at the Matara Hospital,

She said she found that her dress had been lowered to her waist and a T-shirt put on to cover her chest. Her underwear too, had been removed.

Thereafter she was transferred to the Karapitiya Hospital and until a doctor there told her that Shaikh was killed no one told her about the murder.

From there she was transferred to the Colombo National Hospital where she received treatment for here injuries and was still under medication. The witness identified the first accused O.A. Lahiru Kelum as the person who assaulted her at the poolside. (T. Farook Thajudeen)
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  • Fair N Square Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:43 AM

    [quote name="pradeep"]good...now the evidence is there...time to hang the culprit...
    via DM Android App[/quote]

    NOT just the rapist, but also the murderer and those who aided and abetted the murder and rape... LET IT BE ANYONE... NO MATTER WHAT.. THEY NEED TO BE SENT TO THE GALLOWS... ..

    Jaya Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:45 AM

    [quote name="ram"]If you fear of your life during the identification parade just think what about Tamils situation in Sri Lanka under military government. Ram - Batticaloa[/quote]

    @ RAM
    STOP CRYING LIKE A BABY ALL THE TIME AND GROW UP!

    Alugosuwa Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:58 AM

    This brave girl needs justice. Identification and forensic evidence including DNA report should be enough. Convict them as in China without any delays for justice delayed is justice denied. On conviction take the culprits to the nearest quarry and put a bullet behind their heads. If necessary send our law enforcement officers to China to study the system. They will be happy to help out their closest ally. via DM iPad app

    JUNGLE PEOPLE Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:54 AM

    THE JUSTICE SHOULD BE SERVED ATLEAST THIS TIME AND CULPRITS SHOULD BE HANGED IN PUBLIC TO REDUCE THE CRIME IN THIS COUNTRY ATLEAST AT THIS MUCH NEEDED OF THE HOUR OF LAW AND ORDER.

    SILENT IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...IF POLICE CAN NOT GET ANY OF THE MURDERERS/RAPIST THEN WHAT IS THE USE OF KEEPING THEM AND PAYING THEM THE PUBLIC TAX MONEY??

    srinath.gunaratne Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:15 AM

    more black marks for Sri Lanka. You can fool some people some time....you know what. How long does the government think they can bull shit countries like EU US.

    ABC Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:27 AM

    As long as we have people like ram and george clooney, we cannot be wonders of asia. via DM Android App

    pradeep Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:09 PM

    good...now the evidence is there...time to hang the culprit... via DM Android App

    George Clooney Thursday, 27 March 2014 01:53 AM

    Wonder of Asia...........................Lol

    drizzy Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:38 PM

    The accused should have severe consequences to stop these culprits immediately. So sad these phycos damaging the image of srilanka and it's people. via DM Android App

    ram Thursday, 27 March 2014 02:37 AM

    If you fear of your life during the identification parade just think what about Tamils situation in Sri Lanka under military government. Ram - Batticaloa

    Public Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:40 PM

    Ram!!!! Identification happens in the courts not in front of military men. In this case her fear too was reasonable, but not acceptable. Yet, I too am with her.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:21 AM

    This time she had the courage to identify the culprits as she is given adequate protection by the British Embassy. Otherwise, there is no way a victim can identify culprits who act with impunity with full blessings of the powerful government politicians. It is really hoped now that the judgement will be fair and square regardless of the political affiliations of the culprits.


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