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Four Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage employees who were found guilty over the killing of the elephant “Neelagiri” in the orphanage were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment and fined Rs. 100,000 each by Kegalle High Court Judge Menaka Wijesundara.

The accused had caused fatal injuries to the 19-year-old jumbo by assaulting it with a goad on November 20, 2010 or on an approximate date.  Three mahouts Malaka Mihira Bandara, Sarath Jayasuriya and R.A.M.Punchi Banda and an Animal Conservator Lasantha Dilipa Kumara were the accused in this case. The Attorney General had filed indictments against them under the Fauna and Flora act No. 44 of of 1964. State Counsel Chaminda Atukorala prosecuted while Attorney Titus Mahatunga appeared for the accused. (Rohan Kumara )

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  • Sumedha Monday, 18 June 2012 05:24 PM

    As a kid I wondered why elephants sometimes went berserk and started stomping on the mahout. Now I know that this is one of most easily understandable impulses in an elephant

    garawi Tuesday, 19 June 2012 01:13 AM

    Well done! I agree with the punishment.

    Lily Tuesday, 19 June 2012 05:47 AM

    Pinnawala elephant orphanage is a pathetic place for elephants. The caretakers are very mean to these animals.
    Read your bad reports from travellers on Trip Advisor about Pinnawela elephant orphange.
    Shame on you.

    Human Tuesday, 19 June 2012 05:54 AM

    Animal cruelty is very common in SL and it is regretted the authorities show a blind eye. Thanks to the judge for his/her genuine judgement in this case. From mornig till night we hear and engage in all sort of relegious events but the concern for the innocent lives of poor animals fading badly.

    Richardson Tuesday, 19 June 2012 06:16 AM

    Sentence too light,Its disgraceful,

    I Tell You Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:01 AM

    killing an elephant you get abetter punishment than killing humans in this country.

    prematilleke mawella Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:15 AM

    One of the courageous news heard after long time. At least law prevails for Animals

    ashly Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:11 AM

    Sentence is too linear.They should have given public canning too and should never let them near an elephant again in their lives.

    sam Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:21 AM

    A good start.. But need much tougher Sentence and Rules.. GOSL must pass a Animal Cruelty ACT...

    samantha Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:15 AM

    Now we can reconcile with the Elephant community.


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