Lankan jailed for burning down own restaurant in Ireland

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A Sri Lanka man has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of setting his own restaurant on fire in an attempt to claim compensation. 
 
46-year-old Meril Fernando, of An Tuairin, Lackenfune in Co Waterford, was found guilty last November of starting a fire at the Quasi Lanka restaurant at the Dungarvan Shopping Centre in the town on or about October 8, 2009.
 
Judge Rory McCabe yesterday sentenced Fernando to five years in prison for the "serious offence".
 
However, the judge took a medical condition and previous good behaviour into consideration and suspended the final 18 months.
Fernando, who is originally from Sri Lanka but is an Irish citizen, collapsed after his trial in November and was removed to hospital in the custody of the prison services.
 
He is said to suffer from cardiac problems.
 
The judge recommended that Fernando receive any medical treatment deemed necessary while he is incarcerated.(www.build.ie)
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  • kumar Wednesday, 20 February 2013 06:33 AM

    Can you name one? No insurance claims for the riots were given during 1983.

    jilbert winestein Wednesday, 20 February 2013 02:46 AM

    so he can burn his own shop

    Pannipitiya Tuesday, 19 February 2013 03:55 PM

    So cheap. Typical.

    Bala Sunderam Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:51 AM

    The motto is......Do it but do not get caught. This has happened in many countries . In the UK , Germany & Australia. So let him pay the penalty.

    ANTON Wednesday, 20 February 2013 07:31 AM

    Kumar you can get more information from the workers of the factories in Ratmalana area. Make sure you contact old employees.

    Lasith Wednesday, 20 February 2013 07:43 AM

    shame on SL

    Yuri Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:30 PM

    Once you Free, do it to this island, we can get away witth punch of Loan.

    ANTON Wednesday, 20 February 2013 03:59 AM

    In 1983, during the riots, thousands of businessmen burnt their own enterprises and claimed billions of Rs.of compensation.How many of you are aware that ?

    Mcdonalld Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:05 AM

    Staying here he got a bit of Irish blood....
    Silly Bugger

    Sarath Kuru Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:42 AM

    What a Stupid guy

    Ravi Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:51 AM

    Maybe the food was that bad??? :p

    Saliya Wickremasuriya Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:00 AM

    What a stupid loser. via DM Android App


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