A woman who is alleged to have kept a cobra in a room at a Kollupitiya night club was today ordered to be remanded till tomorrow (30th) under the custody of female prison officers.
In a complaint to the Kollupitiya police, a security officer of the Cleopatra Night Club in Colombo 3 said this woman employee of the night club kept a cobra with her for two days.
He said he was compelled to lodge the complaint because the other women who were inside the room were frightened by the woman with the cobra.
The Kollupitiya police who investigated the matter arrested the woman on charges of having violated the provisions of Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. They also seized the cobra, which was handed over to the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens.
Police told Colombo Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne that the suspect was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital for treatment as she appeared to be mentally unsound.
Dehiwala Zoological Gardens official Pattige Premasiri told the police that someone had defanged the cobra.
After inspecting the suspect’s health condition, the Magistrate ordered that she be held in remand custody under the protection of female prison officers. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)