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A Sri Lankan in Bahrain, who murdered his mistress while his wife was abroad on holiday, has been sentenced to death.

Henry Josten De Silva, a Sri Lankan national, killed Prilica Kumari, 45, who also a Sri Lankan after he accused her of being unfaithful, according to prosecutors.

The Sri Lankan victim had told her friends, hours before she was murdered on March 1, 2012, that the 39-year-old hacked into her Facebook account because he suspected her of having an affair with another man. 

That same day, the defendant offered to take the woman home from work, where he beat her and strangled her using his bare hands.

He then carried her dead body into the kitchen, turned on the gas and lit a candle to make it look like she died in a blaze.

However, he failed to set the apartment alight because neighbours alerted authorities about the strong stench of gas.

“Investigations revealed that the defendant and the victim were in a relationship and he stole a land belonging to her in Sri Lanka,” read court verdict documents.

“According to prosecution wit- nesses, the defendant travelled to Sri Lanka with his wife and children but returned to Bahrain on his own and stayed with the victim.

“Their relationship took a turn for the worse when he learnt that the victim was in a relationship with another man.

“They started to argue about the issue and he threatened he was going to leave Bahrain if she did not break up with her new lover.

“The defendant then planned to murder the victim before picking her up from work. He beat her and struck her on the head before strangling her with his bare hands.

“He then set part of her clothes on fire using a candle after turning on the stove to make it look like she died in a blaze.

“However, he failed to set the apartment ablaze when neighbours reported smelling gas.”

Ms Kumari, who worked as a maid in an apartment building in the Seef District, died of suffocation, according to a medical examiner’s report.

Her friend told prosecutors that the victim confided in her about her boy- friend’s suspicions hours before she was killed.

“She came to me at work and said she was in a relationship with a married man who suspected her of cheating on him,” the Indian maid said in her statement to the Public Prosecution.

“She told me that he hacked into her Facebook account. She seemed worried.”

It is understood that the defendant, who worked for a pest control company, has fled the country and the High Criminal Court yesterday sentenced him to death in absentia. (Gulf Daily News)

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  • asfar Friday, 01 May 2015 02:03 PM

    Send the rat to bahrain to rot. See what our nangilas doing in the middle east ?

    vichu Friday, 01 May 2015 03:05 PM

    Not a mention of the ethinicity of both parties. This is how it should be. Then why is ethinicty mentioned when it is a Tamil?

    koolman Friday, 01 May 2015 03:28 PM

    At this time DM acted good as reporter forgot to mention the Religious of the person just the names only. well done reporter please keep doing the same for everyone .....

    Bala Friday, 01 May 2015 03:37 PM

    Oly nationality mentioned in the above article - indian and sri lankan. Where is the ethnicity issue.

    yearning Friday, 01 May 2015 04:28 PM

    Good observation. Hopefully things will change now.

    Ajja Friday, 01 May 2015 06:11 PM

    bitter lesson to all those people in the same boat should make sure that bad behavior will not last long... via DM Android App

    Gamarala Friday, 01 May 2015 08:47 PM

    I hope the Sri lankan government will extridite him to Bahrain , so that they could carry out the sentence. This murderer needs to pay the supreme penalty for takiing the life of another. Justice needs to be served. He must be in hiding in Sri Lanka.


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