Death sentence passed on five policemen after 27 years

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Five Policemen who were indicted in a murder trial had been sentenced to death by Kandy Provincial High Court Judge Sarojanee Kuala Weerawardena presiding at the Panadura Provincial High Court today.

Each accused was also sentenced to six months imprisonment and fined Rs. 5,000 on the second indictment, when they were found guilty of the same.

The Court concluded the police murder case after 27 years on 30th June (Yesterday) and passed the death sentence on each of the five policemen found guilty of committing the murder of Mohammed Mansoor Mohammed Munas by assaulting and shooting him on the first of June 1990 at Bandaragama.

The death sentence was passed on Sub Inspector Mallawarchchige Padmakumar former OIC of the Dombegoda Police Post attached to the Panadura Police Division and Police Sergeant Namal Priyantha, P. Udayakumara, Sarath Kodituwakku and N. M. Premaratne.

They were all attached to the Dombegoda Post when Mohammed Mansoor Mohammed Munas of Atalugama was arrested by them for questioning with regard to a theft of an article.

The Attorney General had filed the indictments on each of the policemen, charging them with assaulting and committing the death of Mohammed Mansoor Munas by shooting him on 1st June 1990.

The Judge pronounced the judgement on 30th June for an hour and stated that the Attorney General had filed this case against the Police officers and indicted each of them on two counts.

The Prosecution led evidence before court regarding the assaulting and shooting case.

It clearly proved that the policemen being members of an unlawful assembly, arrested Mohammed Munas with a common objective to shoot and kill him. The prosecution had proved the indictments against all accused policemen and the Court passed the death sentence on each of the accused on the first indictment, sentencing each of them to six months imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 5,000.

The relations of the accused policemen and policemen of the police stations served by the accused were present in Court when the death sentence was passed on the five policemen by the judge K. V. Indika.

State Counsel prosecuted. Harshana Matararchchi Attorney-at-law defended. (K. S. Fernando)

  Comments - 11

  • Dickie bird Saturday, 01 July 2017 01:53 PM

    MECEDES: sarcasm can never bring reconcillation and its people like you who tear the society apart in a politically divided society..So much for your contribution

    axe Friday, 30 June 2017 08:59 PM

    what a miracle via DM Android App

    mohamed farook Saturday, 01 July 2017 03:44 PM

    aftre 27 years this the LAW we should always follow this way of the real JUDGMENT

    Justice Grinds Saturday, 01 July 2017 07:32 AM

    “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.” --- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    SANDS OF TIME Saturday, 01 July 2017 07:40 AM

    Wonder of Asia - anyway - the productions or manually recorded evidence have not gone missing "in the sands of time" --- which speaks well of the 1990s

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 01 July 2017 07:49 AM

    At the beginniing of the article, the accused were "sentenced to death by Kandy Provincial High Court Judge Sarojanee Kuala Weerawardena presiding at the Panadura Provincial High Court". At the end of the article," the death sentence was passed on the five policemen by the judge K. V. Indika"The reporter K.S. Fernando seems to have got a little mixed up..

    Mercedes Saturday, 01 July 2017 09:18 AM

    This would not have been the verdict during the last regime because they are war heroes.

    Sambo Saturday, 01 July 2017 08:35 PM

    For 27 years what was the courts doing. In deep slumber. These accuses have already served a sentence of 27 years and now should be set free instead of being given life sentence now.

    Tony Saturday, 01 July 2017 09:11 PM

    Good we appreciate very much but if these kind of sentences were passed for the killings of Lasantha Tajudeen and other murder. Sri Lanka will be in a higher rank in world judiciary. via DM Android App

    Ajja Saturday, 01 July 2017 10:55 AM

    This clearly shows the lethargy in our Judicial system.Verdict after 27 years is quite a lot.All the accused have quietly made out their living and are on to their retirement with no responsibilities. It is like closing the stable door after the horse is vanished!!!!

    dhammika Saturday, 01 July 2017 10:56 AM

    Is there any justice when it comes after 27 years. I think it is unreasonable for both parties.

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