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Khuram murder convict appeals

2014-07-31 16:46:33
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The first convict O.A.Lahiru Kelum in the Tangalle Resort British tourist murder case yesterday petitioned to the Court of Appeal against the Colombo High Court Judge’s  verdict of sentencing him to  twenty years rigorous imprisonment.

Four convicts including former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana who were found guilty of killing British tourist Khuram Shaikh in December 2011 and  for raping and bruatlly assaulting his fiancee while holidaying at the tourist resort of Tangalle were sentenced by the High Court
Consequently the four convicts O.A Lahiru Kalum, U.Saman Deshapriya, Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana and W. Prageeth Chaturanga, were sentenced to 107 years rigorous imprisonment by Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama after a lengthily trial.

Two other accused M. Sarath alias Sahan, S. Prageeth Chaturanga, were acquitted from the case as the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against them beyond reasonable doubt.

Judge Rohini Walgama also ordered that the 107-year jail term be run concurrently within 20 years.

However the first convict’s Counsel aggrieved by the said order filed papers in the Court of Appeal to set aside the order of the High Court and for a revision of the judge’s order.(T .Farook Thajudeen)


  Comments - 11

  • aswin welikala Thursday, 31 July 2014 18:55

    I presume the convict will be set free like the Navy rape case

    Reply : 0       9

    Phantom Friday, 1 August 2014 00:10

    And is this where he gets off and walk away from prison and 20 years RI?

    Reply : 0       8

    Janaki Kalansuriya Friday, 1 August 2014 00:37

    He is a "Just Man" and he's appealing to find out why he was not given the "Death Sentence" while, even this week, 4 people were given the Death Sentence for murder only.

    Reply : 0       13

    Public Friday, 1 August 2014 02:15

    All a set up! to get the Presidential pardon by sympathy! Ultimately the murderer WINS and released.

    Reply : 1       20

    Lima Friday, 1 August 2014 02:56

    THIS IS WHAT MR WANTED TO DO , USUALLY THE LOWER COURT GIVES DEATH SENTANCE AND UPPER COURTS TO BE APPEALED FOR THE SENTENCE , NOW THE LOWER COURTS WERE INSTRUCTED TO GIVE LIGHTER SENTENCE SO THAT UPPER COURTS WILL ACQUIT THIS MURDERER SOON ON THE INSTRUCTION OF MR , THIS IS THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY , JUNGLE LAW SINCE 2005

    Reply : 3       20

    Roshan Friday, 1 August 2014 03:31

    As per the record the convict is in prison, but who knows, he must be sleeping at his residence by now.

    Reply : 0       10

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 1 August 2014 03:42

    Yes, the man is moving towards the paved red carpet. If Nampamunuwa murder suspect and may others can be saved from gallows or sentence, this is just like pea nuts.

    Reply : 0       8

    lkboy Friday, 1 August 2014 03:55

    yes, give him capital punishment!

    Reply : 1       6

    The God Father Friday, 1 August 2014 04:04

    Why waste tax payers money? These morons must be killed, they dont deserve to live.

    Reply : 0       11

    ABC Friday, 1 August 2014 06:05

    Is he apealing for capital punishment via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       10

    Aston Friday, 1 August 2014 13:38

    He will be set free, or even if he is not, he will be granted a l pardon come next Independence day. Till then, he will live in star class luxury even inside prison.

    Reply : 0       2

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