Lankan loses memory after assault by Moroccan wife

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A Sri Lankan expatriate has partially lost his memory after an alleged assault by his Moroccan wife in Riyadh, the Sri Lankan Embassy said yesterday.

Piyal Ratnapala, 54, has been living with his 29-year-old Moroccan wife Shaim after they got married five years ago in Riyadh. According to the embassy, the woman stabbed Ratnapala several times with a kitchen knife as he was leaving their apartment. It is believed that a domestic dispute was the cause of the attack.

Ratnapala has been living in the Kingdom for more than a decade.

Following Ratnapala’s discharge from the hospital, a good Samaritan dropped him off at the Sri Lankan Embassy.

Police arrested Shaim following the attack. She apparently told the police she did not remember what she did to her husband in a fit of rage.

Confirming the attack, Sri Lankan Labor Counselor Anura Muthumala told Arab News that Ratnapala is currently in the mission’s custody as he had partially lost his memory.

“He can remember a few things but when we ask questions, he is unable to answer properly since he cannot remember everything,” the official said.

Muthumala said Ratnapala had been insisting his wife should not penalized and should be set free. “But the law does not work that way,” he added.

The embassy has been trying to repatriate the victim but Ratnapala's employer refuses to release him, fearing it could entangle them an unwanted financial dispute with his wife if she claims compensation. He said police have to close the case before the repatriation process begins.

Sources said Ratnapala had a pre-nuptial agreement with his wife to pay SR100,000 to her in case if he wanted to divorce her.

Arab News learned that Ratnapala is married in Sri Lanka and has two daughters and a son. (Arab News)

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  • Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 16 April 2012 02:48 AM

    Love is ... having to endure what cannot be cured!

    Jeevan Sunday, 15 April 2012 10:43 AM

    It is the gift by the God for abandoning his wife and children back home. Now, the loving wife back home wont hesitate to accept him and take care of him, even at this his mental stage!

    peter Sunday, 15 April 2012 11:11 AM

    @ Jeevan, oph... really....

    nalaka weerakody Sunday, 15 April 2012 11:39 AM

    Is he really having a wife back in Sri Lanka ?

    lankashantha Sunday, 15 April 2012 11:22 AM

    Will a Srilankan at the age of 50 will marry a 25 year old girl here?

    Lankaputhra Monday, 16 April 2012 12:58 PM

    Moroccan kema vage ne kema. Will do anything to get it and that too from a 29year old.

    sameera Sunday, 15 April 2012 12:24 PM

    All these are happening because of Sex....when we search for beautiful and sexy beautiful woman from other country, finally men life comes like this. They will not care even if they have children...see how Rathnapa;s situation now...Our men still did not learn these...!

    Rajan Mohanani Monday, 16 April 2012 06:46 AM

    cos saudi has no rules and procedures these things happen very frequent ratnapala has been punished for abodoning his wife and children in srilanka

    MOHAMED ASFAR Monday, 16 April 2012 07:05 AM

    ha.............trouble in saudi........no easy end.

    Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 15 April 2012 01:55 PM

    54 and 29 - Not bad!

    Mad Cow Again 1 Sunday, 15 April 2012 03:07 PM

    Getting stabbed in the back is known as duplicity. What happens when he meets his first wife back home?

    Lucky Sunday, 15 April 2012 05:11 PM

    54 year old man with a 29 year old wife!!! wow.....Rathnapala is the Sri Lankan version of "Hugh Hefner". If he had some more money, nothing would have happen......

    xlntgson Monday, 16 April 2012 09:12 AM

    Crazy! To have a Moroccan young wife he will sacrifice anything it seems...she'd have dreamt of a cougar!


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