Two-year suspended jail sentence for Roger Seneviratne

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The Avissawella Magistrate today sentenced popular film star and UPFA Western Provincial Council candidate Roger Seneviratne to two years rigorous imprisonment suspended for five years after he was found guilty of causing grievous injuries by fracturing the leg of the husband of his paramour by assaulting him with an iron rod in 2002.
 
Magistrate Devika Abeyratne also ordered Mr. Seneviratne to pay a compensation of Rs. 200,000 to the victim Mihira Wickremarachchi, and if the compensation was not paid an additional rigorous imprisonment of two years was also ordered. The actor was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs. 3500 and ordered an additional imprisonment of four months if the fine was not paid.
 
In 2006, the Kaduwela magistrate sentenced the suspect to one year’s rigorous imprisonment after he was found guilty of causing grievous injuries by fracturing the leg of Mr. Wickremarachchi.
 
In 2002, the Talangama Police filed plaint against Joseph Roger Seneviratne that on or about 6 January 2002, he caused grievous injuries to Jayantha Mihira Wickremarachchi at Kalalgoda Road in Pannipitiya by assaulting him with a club. The charge further stated that the leg of Mihira Wickremarchchi was fractured in three places due to the assault with an iron bar and thereby the accused had committed an offense under Section 317 of the Penal Code.
 
At the trial, it was revealed that the accused who went to act in a tele drama filmed in the house of the complainant, had befriended his wife. Later she had left Mihira Wickremarachchi and went to live together with the actor in another house at Kalalgoda Road and when Mihira had gone to that house the assault had taken place. The magistrate had come to a conclusion that the charges against the accused had been proved beyond reasonable doubt by the Talangama Police and the prosecuting counsel Nalin Ladduwahetti, and the punishment was imposed.
 
Later, the accused filed a petition at the Court of Appeal against the Kaduwela Magistrate Court judgment and the Court of Appeal released the accused.
Then again, the lawyers of the victim’s party filed a petition against the Court of Appeal decision at the Supreme Court, which ordered to quash the Court of Appeal decision and re-open the case again.
 
Accordingly the Avissawella Magistrate Court took up the case for hearing. (Manopriya Gunasekera)
 
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  • Perumal Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:34 AM

    Punished for the crime; suspended for the election!

    Nimal Monday, 24 February 2014 06:23 PM

    He is now qualified to be a minister..!

    janaka Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:59 AM

    I don't blame the actor. May be the woman may have wanted a part although the part played by court was too long without the desired end.

    Janaka

    Crys Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:59 AM

    If he was an opposition member then proper punishment could have been meted out, there is no democracy in the country, these guys should be rejected by all means!!

    ala Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:24 PM

    Justice delayed is justice denied. What a shame on the judicial system of SL

    Dee Wednesday, 26 February 2014 06:16 AM

    dont you worry, he will be treated 'very well' y the inmates.

    Sinhaya Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:26 AM

    Absolute disgrace. He should be castrated before jailing.

    Swisslion Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:03 AM

    his political carreer should be finished and over for all time, but maybe he will find some employment at Mervin da Silva's office :-))

    Ranjan Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:05 AM

    We can wait and see whether Ni T N would telecast this news or not, if this guy is from opposition now they would have repeated this hundred times.

    tm Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:39 PM

    so is that all he gets as the punishment. just imagine if an ordinary man does this what could be d consequences? via DM Android App

    Nab Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:54 AM

    what a law change every time! if you don't have money to appeal you will be guilty!! via DM Android App

    Don Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:21 AM

    thug or an actor? via DM Android App

    Hemantha Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:08 AM

    Think twice before voting this thug. Mr.Wickramaarachchi, is a real gentlemen.

    Fayad Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:09 AM

    Why suspended sentence ???????
    They should charge him under penal code 598

    raza Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:52 AM

    Doctorate qualification to win the female voters.

    Kiri Gamarala Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:54 AM

    Hi Roger,
    This is Samanala Sandwaniya in real life.

    Laminate Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:02 AM

    What a thug?

    Siri Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:50 PM

    He follows his leader WW via DM Android App

    සුනිල් යහම්පත් Tuesday, 25 February 2014 07:28 AM

    soon he will be minister or pradeshiya sabaa member . now he has full qualification to be

    crayzer Tuesday, 25 February 2014 06:01 PM

    As far as I knw he is a good guy.. Past is the past what counts is wt he does now not what happened 12yrs ago..

    what a crime Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:21 AM

    Yes but women who work at his establishments are at risk.

    buddhika lokubandara Tuesday, 25 February 2014 08:26 AM

    The Peak of an actor's career is ending up as a politician. Kudos to all the superb comments


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