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The newly appointed hangman has quit his job soon after seeing the gallows, Prison Department sources said.

They said the hangman, who is a father of one had only served four days in the post. He is a 40 year old resident from Anuradhapura and was appointed to the post on March 3.

This was the third person who had left the job after being appointed.  The newest one was appointed as the first two hangmen left their duties after completing their two week training.

He was the third in the waiting list for the position and had also completed the two week training.

He had left the prison after writing a letter mentioning that ‘ he couldn’t stay any longer in this occupation’, on March 7, soon after witnessing the gallows at the Chapel section in the Prison.    

The applications for the hang man position were called last year as the position fell vacant for over a year.

Five applicants were selected for the final stage and the first two of them earlier left the post after the training. (Jayantha Samarakoon)

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  • Thakkadiya Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:07 AM

    The hangman must have been haunted by the innocents who had been hanged in the past. Why not take a few Policemen who are good at stage managing suicides in the Police Station cells for this job for an extra allowance? He will get job satisfaction and state gets a judicial killing done. via DM iPad app

    mr dubai Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:31 PM

    Good people Wll never do this kinda job .. Hanging people and killing dem as per law isn't right.
    Hats off to people who quit this kinda job ... It's basically mini maranawa ( murders)
    Like some one said get a murderrrr !
    He will love this job ...

    Abakedabara Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:56 AM

    Ideal person will be a Top Politician
    They are experienced and no training required.

    Abakedabara Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:54 AM

    I suggest our Politicians to do it on a roster basis.
    From top to bottom

    khan Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:08 AM

    Better to use firing squared than this method.

    sobers Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:55 AM

    Recruit a convicted Murderer.

    ib Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:51 AM

    pay 200,000 a month then you can , look other western countries

    Azee Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:11 AM

    Was that a political appointment?This man has shown fear merely on seeing the gallows.What if he is entrusted to hang a convict? In the first place, what is the need for gallows and hangmen, when death penalty is not implemented? via DM Android App

    Hirantha Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:33 AM

    Govt wants that also to be done very cheaply Rs.13,000/- per month ,save the balance of payments! ah aha

    commonsense Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:40 AM

    Get somebody from Saudi Arabia. They won't leave the job even if you ask them to go. Furthermore it will be nice to get a foreign labour from Saudi Arabia. Of course if this does not work we can always get someone from china.

    commonsense Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:40 AM

    Get somebody from Saudi Arabia. They won't leave the job even if you ask them to go. Furthermore it will be nice to get a foreign labour from Saudi Arabia. Of course if this does not work we can always get someone from china.

    Grace Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:09 AM

    [quote name="heshan"]I just wonder what kind of training a hangman gets..[/quote]

    Training on safety of convicts

    old citizen Monday, 10 March 2014 06:39 PM

    People without guts making all others nuts.

    sano Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:59 AM

    publish the vacancy to middle east region and you will get enough applications! via DM Android App

    Sudath Tuesday, 11 March 2014 01:00 AM

    Man, it may not be the ideal hangout, but hang in there!

    Cobra Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:56 AM

    It takes steel guts to do a job like this. But this hangman griped for nothing as he'd be doing nothing anyway!!!

    Ranil Silva Monday, 10 March 2014 11:47 PM

    They might get the warning from inside.

    Tintin Monday, 10 March 2014 10:25 PM

    Very interesting scenario..How do we make good use of this revelation..?

    warra Monday, 10 March 2014 09:46 PM

    The prisons department has to understand that countries don't use hangmen any more. It is either by lethal injection or automated gallows where the door drops on a push of a button.

    Nihal Gunatilake Monday, 10 March 2014 09:13 PM

    Hi- Hello please forget about the OLD SYSTEMS - Give him a white van and a T56 and mask. bye-

    Ratavasiya Monday, 10 March 2014 08:36 PM

    I am sure there are enough people with experience in our country to fill this vacancy.

    heshan Monday, 10 March 2014 08:04 PM

    I just wonder what kind of training a hangman gets..

    Fawzan Monday, 10 March 2014 07:11 PM

    This work will not fit for ordinary human. Cold blooded people like Gotha should be recruited to take others life.

    truth u cant wear Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:28 AM

    he saw ghosts thats y..gallow lol. via DM Android App


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