Facebook affair goes sour

2011-11-25 10:08:02

A youth who was arrested and produced in court on charges of having blackmailed a lady teacher into sex by threatening to post her nude photos on Facebook was released on bail by a Colombo Court today.

The suspect who was working at a private media institution was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Ms. Lanka Jayaratne.

The lady teacher in a complaint to the CCD said she was blackmailed into sex by the suspect who befriended her on Facebook, by threatening to post her nude photos on it.

Appearing on behalf of the suspect, defence counsel Kingsley Hettiarachchi submitted in court that his client had never blackmailed the complainant and told court that they were having an affair. Mr. Hettiarachchi further informed court that his client had taken her nude photos with her consent. He further told court that the complainant had made this complaint after they broke off the love affair and maintained that his client had also given her a sum of Rs.20,000.

The complainant a resident of Agalawatta, told the CCD that she had built a friendship with a man working in a private media institution via Facebook on September 15 and in time their friendship had turned into a love affair and they contacted each other regularly by mobile phone.

The woman said she had met the suspect at a hotel in Bambalapitiya on September 17 and on that occasion he had coaxed her to be photographed in the nude. She said she allowed him to take her photos on the promise he would marry her.

The woman said she had given the man Rs.7,000 on one occasion and on another Rs.4,000 and alleged that she was being continuously blackmailed by the man thereafter.

The CCD detectives who are conducting the investigation into the incident informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate that the suspect could be charged with coercing the complainant into sex by threatening to post her nude photos on Facebook. 

Having considered the submissions, the Magistrate ordered that the suspect be released on a cash bail of Rs.7,500 and a surety of Rs.50,000. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 11

  • S. A. Jainul Abdeen Friday, 25 November 2011 10:37

    Everything seems going out of control these days. As a school teacher, she should know how to behave in her public and private life. What morale she can teach to her students?

    Reply : 11       121

    Nagaragiri Kiththil Friday, 25 November 2011 16:58

    What a stupid comment?

    Reply : 3       4

    patriot Friday, 25 November 2011 11:41


    Reply : 8       40

    kola Friday, 25 November 2011 12:38

    being a teacher, she should have used her brains. what ignorance!!

    Reply : 4       56

    Nagaragiri Kiththil Friday, 25 November 2011 16:57

    Teachers are also "eating ,Drinking people". They didn't fall
    from heaven.

    Reply : 2       6

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 25 November 2011 15:28

    Cant believe that a lady who is a teacher would be so naive to allow a man whom she has known for a coujple of days to photograph her in the nude and even have sex in a hotel room.

    Reply : 0       3

    Nadeeka Friday, 25 November 2011 15:53

    Be careful when your putting all your private information to facebook

    Reply : 0       2

    fazli Friday, 25 November 2011 16:37

    Its she who made the mistake. Let him free.
    Can you imagine a school teacher posing nude
    in a hotel room

    Reply : 4       1

    MahaRaja Friday, 25 November 2011 16:48

    Maybe a 8 pass political apointee

    Reply : 0       2

    Fair N Square Friday, 25 November 2011 16:57

    For her to give permission to be photographed in the NUDE by a guy whom she met via facebook tells much about her character. I pity the students who are being taught by her...

    What an example she is setting to her students...

    Reply : 1       2

    Arther Saturday, 26 November 2011 09:30

    ''All is fair in love and war'' But this unfortunate tragedy of errors which started with love and lust.

    Reply : 0       2

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