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Eppawala family massacred

14 July 2010 07:10 am - 34     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Supun DIas And Athula Bandara

A family in Eppawala consisting of two children and their parents were found hacked to death at their residence today. According to the police the bodies were recovered after neighbors complained of a strong stench emanating from the house.

The murder was reported from Sandaresgama along the Eppawala-Thalawa main road. Police said that the Magisterial inquiry was conducted at the scene.

One of the victims, a shop manager in Eppawala, had not reported to work since Monday and the shop owner had also informed the police about his absence without prior notice.

A youth who was his wife’s sisters son, who was living in the house with them has disappeared after the murder. He had fled the area in the motorcycle that was used by the shop manager.

“The victims were found dead in different sections inside the house and we can confirm that they were murdered by stabbing and slashing”, police media spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said.

The owner of the shop had telephoned his manager several times but no one had picked up the phone. Meanwhile two cousins of the shop manager had visited the house as they failed to respond to any of the calls.

As they got a strong stench from the house they had taken a chair and broke opened one of the windows.
The two cousins had witnessed the shop manager lying dead on the floor inside the house and they subsequently informed the Eppawala police.

Subsequently the police had broken into the house with the help of the neighbors and witnessed the body of the shop manager on the floor of the living room, his daughter in the kitchen and his wife and son inside a room.

The Magisterial inquiry was conducted by the Thabuththegama Additional Magistrate Kithsiri Mahinda Silva who ordered the police to arrest the missing youth immediately. 

Eppawala police are conducting further investigations into the incident, SPJayakody said. The victims are K.A Dayarathna (48), Malini Jayasinghe (42), Ajani Udeshika (17) and Dishan Dayarathna (13).

  Comments - 34

  • Senkadaga Putha Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:21 AM

    Sick of hearing this type of news from SRI LANKA......We are the only buddhist country that have this sort of murders...If Authorities can not run the Law and Order, why don't you get some advices from our friendly countries.

    Angel Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:22 AM

    Today we are hearing about rape, massacre, etc in Sri Lanka everyday. There should be strict punishment for these criminals like in Saudi Arabia. Dear President, please implement the death penalty in SL for a better future.

    Podi Guru Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:23 AM

    I've never had experience of hearing a murder taking place in this country, but for lesser events the people simply were loath to get involved, saying, 'That's their problem, let them sort it out.' That's a rather sad commentary.

    disillusioned Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:26 AM

    im all for capital punishment, but it must be backed with a proper criminal justice system. In SL all the real criminals get is the poor man with no political connections and a victim of circumstances that will face the noose, or worse yet, some one innocent who a politician wants to get rid of.

    paul Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:28 AM

    Yes, crime does seem to be on the increase in SL but unfortunately the death penalty doesn't deter criminals. In the United States, some states have the death penalty, some don't, yet the crime rate in all states is the same. The best solution is better policing, better education and a better economy.

    roshan raz Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:36 AM

    first get rid of these criminals and may be later you can educate the people. few days back a doctor murdered a mid wife. does that mean he is uneducated and economically broken.. talk some sense

    Nilanse Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:39 AM

    I have never heard of a peaceful country with capital punishment. If you compare the US with the other western countries, you will find out that USA is far from peaceful - and the US is the only Western country with capital punishment. And please don't look how the arabic world treat criminals. They don't even know how to treat a woman.

    Nilanse Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:41 AM

    How do you know Sri Lanka is the only country with these kind of murders? If you do some reasearch you will find out that there are brutal murders going on in these countries too.

    Nilanse Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:49 AM

    Saudi Arabia is NOT a democracy! So don't even mention them! They behead people and then they pose with the head in the right hand and smile infront of the camera. This is when people have stopped being people. Just imagine having a society in Sri Lanka where the state is publicly killing its citizens. Is this good for our children to see. What will happen to the mentality of ordinary Sri Lankans? We could expect a much more violent Sri Lanka. At least I don't want that. And Sri Lanka will be even more far away from being a buddhist coutry.

    DHA Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:59 AM

    Things are really getting out of hand now....this has to be stopped....We are just talking but nothing is happening....!!!

    elo Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:42 AM

    What's happening to these people. Aren't we Srilankans supposed to be a God fearing lot. ?

    Sarath Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:17 PM

    It's a shame that these things happen in country that was peaceful in the past!

    malkanthi Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:08 AM

    This is all a result of the western culture influence.

    Tm Abay Wednesday, 14 July 2010 12:44 PM

    Not anymoreheyjey. we're not no.2 anymore

    citizen1 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:02 PM

    Can you imagine how that will turn out in this country? With the hideous police record and a screwed up law in place the guilty will go free and some innocent bystander will have his head lopped off!

    citizen1 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:04 PM

    Very sad. I thought we were done with this type of news, but alas...our country is still in need of healing.

    T.M Shehan Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:58 AM

    Didn't think an Angel would be pleading for the death penalty. If our leaders are corrupt how can you expect others to follow? Firstly we need leaders to set an example on civilized behaviour.

    SidathB Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:03 AM

    Totally agree.
    We should immediately implement the death penalty as the law is already in force. Here in Sri Lanka the death penalty must be given to organised crimes of this nature onsidering on case by case basis.

    Bird Eye Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:42 PM

    What's going on in SL?

    Hangman Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:35 AM

    This is why Sri Lanka needs the noose again. To protect the innocent not the criminals.

    Wasantha Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:12 AM

    The relevant authorities cannot say it was due to a land dispute and wash their hands. Those who commited the crime should be hanged, otherwise it would not be a lesson to others. Please re-introduce the capital punishment without bluffing.

    bugger Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:41 AM

    Look like we are turning into animals

    hejey Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:13 AM

    Still Sri Lanka is a much better place compared to many regional countries and others. Please don't make harsh comments without knowing the reality, like frogs in a well.
    My experience; just beyond city areas of countries like India, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, some south american countries, and in America, some downtown areas in states like Chicago etc. conditions may be much worst.
    Thats why after the war, SL has quickly become the No.2 best tourist destination. People who travel around the world know the truth.

    gnapala Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:44 AM

    Why couldn't the neigbours here the screaming of the victims. Please be causious! If we do care about others then this sort of crime will go down.

    Kamal Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:16 PM

    Roshan Raz, in EVERY post of yours, I wonder if you are JOKING!

    Kamal Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:17 PM

    Malkanthi, please go back to your cave and leave us alone.

    Kamal Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:18 PM

    Of course we look like paradise compared to East ASian communist countires, muslim countries and shanties in other countries.

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:28 AM


    roshan raz Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:57 AM

    only the death sentence can stop these crimes. no point of arguing about this. crimes and murders have become a life style in sri lanka. not a single day witout a rape or murder.

    ND Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:34 AM

    In general terms Paul is speaking sense. While its true education levels do not prevent criminal activity at the individual level, better educated, and economically well off populations tend to have low crime rates.
    And please dont bring US as an example of the opposite to what I say coz crime rates are higher there due to the opportunity and income disparity. Poor people turn more to crime than others do.
    That does not mean no psychopaths and criminal elements are born in to well off families. What paul is talking is what has been observed all over the world.

    ND Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:35 AM

    There were murders and rape and burglary in India during the times of the Buddha. I doubt western influcence was the reason.
    People will be people.
    But to a degree, exposure to TV and violence can increase criminal activities.

    suwimal Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:36 AM

    One could never understand why the law makers are pandering to the thugs and other criminals and back out from imposing harsher punishment (death for murder) for those convicted.

    Hettiarachi Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:07 AM

    This is why Saudi Rules are so effective.which most of us don't understand. if we implement the rules properly, there is no question of disadvantage of that rules. Implement & see, our country will be a peaceful country.

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