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Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said today a suspect could not be named as an accused just because he or she had made a statement to the police in connection with a crime.

He said a suspect’s statement held no legal value until police investigations found evidence to prove that the statement was true.

ASP Gunasekara expressed these views at a news conference when asked about the fate of suspect Dunesh Priyashantha alias ‘Kondaya’ who was arrested and remanded in connection with the sexual abuse and killing of five-year-old Seya Sadewmi.

“A statement doesn’t make a suspect an accused or he cannot be named as the main suspect in a crime. As police spokesman, I never said Dunesh Priyashantha confessed to the crime. All he did was make a statement,” ASP Gunasekara said.

He said the police had to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt based on the evidence that had been collected and however, admitting in Court to having committed a crime can be considered as part of the evidence. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • Shan Friday, 09 October 2015 10:56 AM

    Police also should not torture the suspect and force to reveal and accept what he has not committed. Our Police needs technical training.

    Ram Friday, 09 October 2015 03:43 AM

    Taking in for questioning is acceptable, but remanding without adequate evidence is unacceptable. The school boy and the other man must be paid compensation

    asoka Friday, 09 October 2015 05:16 AM

    How refreshing to hear that from the police. Lets see if they can crack this case without beating the suspects and getting them to admit committing the crime.

    DS Friday, 09 October 2015 05:24 AM

    The police torture made him to sign the false statement. Just say so

    sobers Friday, 09 October 2015 07:41 AM

    Our intelligence and Police service lacks professionalism. All amounts to poor quality recruitment. It is high time to break the ice on this case.

    Premalal Friday, 09 October 2015 07:50 AM

    How about all the past cases which had been closed because the accused was shot while "showing the murder weapon " to the police or jump into a lake etc. Why were those investigations stopped? Were they done to protect the real killers?

    beating Friday, 09 October 2015 07:52 AM

    Beating and porno photographing are the tried and tested means to gather evidence

    Renuka G Friday, 09 October 2015 04:31 PM

    Well said Ram, hope the authority will take necessary action and pay compensation to both.

    ANTON Friday, 09 October 2015 08:35 AM

    YAKO ....... REDI HODANDATH SEEMAAWAK THIYENDA ONEY ............

    DS Friday, 09 October 2015 09:00 AM

    (Q) In Sri Lanka, how many adults need to kill a five year old? (A) According to Sri Lankan Police so far 5 and growing

    Asoka Friday, 09 October 2015 09:02 AM

    now high time for taking a DNA test on the OIC of that village...

    Rasheed Friday, 09 October 2015 09:57 AM

    Either the Police would have forced him to make the statement to calm the Public out cry or Kondaya must be mad to admit the killing. Whatever it is, the Police knows the real culprit and their trying to save him.


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