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Rigorous imprisonment for book thief

2011-08-02 13:00:33
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By Lakmal Sooriyagoda

A person who pleaded guilty for stealing books from the Lake House Bookshop located at Colombo 2 was sentenced to 26 months rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.

At the outset, presenting a finger print report regarding the previous conviction records of the accused, the Slave Island police alleged that he had earlier been convicted by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on a previous occasion and sentenced to two years suspended imprisonment. Police further alleged that the suspect had committed this offence while he was serving the suspended imprisonment term.

The accused was first ordered to serve a two year rigorous imprisonment term and subsequently a two month term for this particular offence. Furthermore, Magistrate Ms. Lanka Jayaratne imposed a fine of Rs.3,000 on the accused. 

A security officer on a complaint to the Slave Island Police alleged that the accused customer who entered the bookshop had stolen four books valued at Rs.3125. The Slave Island police alleged he could have stolen the set of books to sell them to an outsider.


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  Comments - 8

  • user Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:43

    What will they do if I steal a loaf of bread ...?

    Reply : 4       53

    dayan Tuesday, 2 August 2011 13:52

    This is a petty theft to be freed..........just make sure to steal 350 million rupees worth of books next time and you will be freed with a promotion

    Reply : 4       68

    Saman Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:08

    wow what about officials who steal public funds. They get scot free. This happens only in Sri Lanka

    Reply : 4       74

    Stan Devotta Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:25

    Sprats are caught.

    Reply : 5       52

    GonAliya Tuesday, 2 August 2011 16:20

    Books can be stolen but the knowledge

    Reply : 6       22

    Cynic Wednesday, 3 August 2011 02:58

    Shouldn't DS de Silva be booked?

    Reply : 2       10

    sparks Wednesday, 3 August 2011 03:02

    And what did Muttuhettigama get for removing government property in Galle?

    Reply : 1       26

    lovesri Wednesday, 3 August 2011 07:22

    Poor guy. He should have stolen knowledge instead

    Reply : 0       4

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