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Lankan asylum seeker accused of petrol station robbery

4 January 2012 03:17 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Sri Lankan asylum seeker stands accused of robbing a petrol station and beating a man with a baseball bat. Hajendra Saravanababanantha, 26, is also alleged to have sent a threatening text message and defrauded another petrol station.

He denied charges of fraud, sending a threatening text message, and common assault, when he appeared at Southwestern Magistrates’ Court on January 3.

The robbery charge was sent straight to Kingston Crown Court.

The court heard an allegation that Mr Saravanababanantha attacked Mr Mochalingham Jegthasan, an off-licence worker, with a baseball bat at a property in Kingston Road, New Malden, on November 9 last year, hitting him four times.

Prosecutor Robert Earl said it was alleged that on March 28 last year he fraudulently used an All Star Fuel Card at the BP garage in Malden Rushett to buy petrol.

The prosecution said he then sent a threatening text message to Mr Ganesamoorthy Nithiyakumar, the manager of the petrol station, on May 22.

He was also charged, along with another man, of robbing Murco Petrol Garage in New Malden of £967 worth of goods, including alcohol, on October 10.

An application for bail by his defence counsel Mr. Umar Azmeh, telling the court he had no criminal record and had been working in Tesco since he came to the country in 2006 seeking asylum, was unsuccessful.

Mr. Saravanababanantha, of Rowan Road, Streatham, will face a plea and case management hearing for the robbery charge, on January 31, at Kingston Crown Court.

The charges of fraud, threatening text messaging and common assault are next to be heard at a magistrates’ court on February 2.

Another man Kabiloan Venayakamoorthy, 22, of Eastdown Park, Lewisham, will also face a plea and case management hearing at Kingston Crown Court on January 31, in connection with the alleged robbery at Murco, New Malden. (Source: Your Local Guardian)

  Comments - 10

  • Ranjith Wednesday, 04 January 2012 03:31 PM

    This person does not seem like a Sri Lankan. There are no people with such names in Sri Lanka. Could you check the accuracy of news before publishing.

    kumara Wednesday, 04 January 2012 04:18 PM

    Good , Britain deserve it.

    Josh Wednesday, 04 January 2012 07:44 PM

    which country are you living in???

    Dismanirie Wednesday, 04 January 2012 08:15 PM

    His real name is Hajendra SaravanababananthaN. And he's Sri Lankan. Like it or not....

    Vimal Carlos Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:04 AM

    Most be one of those peacefull loving tamils that everyone seams to like to protect.

    Ranjith Gurugamage Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:06 AM

    Keep Them their, we don't want them. very soon Britain's Majority will be Asians.AARGEE

    Pasel Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:45 AM

    There is no Baseball in UK and how do they get the baseball Bat may be Cricket Bat or wicket , the off-licence store sell booze may the witness is drunk too

    PREM Thursday, 05 January 2012 07:36 AM

    anyway well done Srilanka ,is in news thease days very often.

    MOHAMED ASFAR Thursday, 05 January 2012 11:39 AM

    pasel, oh my baseball bat in UK ? how dumb you are ?

    faqi Thursday, 05 January 2012 05:53 PM

    Sri Lankan's are carving a name for themselves in the countries that they sort asylum. Very soon we may see them deported back to Sri Lanka.

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