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A Sri Lankan-born doctor who was jailed after being found guilty of killing her abusive husband has failed in her bid to have her conviction and sentence overturned.

Chamari Liyanage was sentenced to a four-year prison term after being convicted by a jury in February last year of unlawfully killing Diendra Athukorla in Geraldton in 2014.

She was released on parole in March this year after a protracted fight to reinstate her visa to stay in Australia.

Liyanage appealed against her conviction and sentence, but today in a unanimous decision, three Appeal Court judges dismissed her arguments.

She was not in court for the judgment.

During her trial, she maintained that she remembered nothing of what happened to her husband, with the court hearing the couple's five-year marriage was defined by the "worst kind" of escalating sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

She testified she had tried to leave her husband six times, but was trapped in a cycle of abuse with someone who was "a monster".

She was eligible for parole in July last year, but did not seek release because her visa at that time had been revoked and she would have been deported to Sri Lanka.

It is understood Liyanage has voluntarily agreed to suspend her medical licence.

In its decision to dismiss Liyanage's appeal against her sentence, the court said the term she received was appropriate.

"The sentence imposed was a significantly lesser term than the sentences usually imposed for the offence of manslaughter, even in the presence of significant mitigating factors," the judgment read.

"The sentence is not arguably manifestly excessive, either as to the type of sentence or the length of the term of immediate imprisonment which was imposed." (Australian Eastern Standard)

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  • Anu Friday, 23 June 2017 06:30 AM

    Will GMOA and Sri Lanka Medical Council take action on her, and cancel her medical licence in Sri Lanka too.

    lkboy Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:59 PM

    Stupid question.

    SL Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:11 PM

    Any relevance?

    L C A Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:40 PM

    This woman talks nonsense. If her husband was that abusive, she could have easily getaway from him especially in a country like Australia.

    ANTON Thursday, 22 June 2017 07:25 PM

    @ lkboy, HEY , WHAT SHOULD I CALL YOU....... WISE GUY OR WISE MAN ?

    ANTON Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:28 AM

    IS SHE FROM A STATE UNIVERSITY OR A PRIVATE ONE ?


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