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The three accused who were charged with the killing of a mother and her daughter at Kotakethana in July 2012 were acquitted by Colombo High Court Judge Devika De Livera Tennakone today.

Judge Tennakoon released the three suspects Namal Chaminda Silva, Sisira Priyankara alias Mithila and Lokugam Hewage Nushara and acquitted them on all charges over the killing of U.D. Premawathie (63) and her daughter H.G. Pushpakumari (32) in Kotakethana.

The Judge observed that the evidence of the first prosecution witness Siripala was hard to believe and the evidence of the police witness were also unbelievable.

It was observed that the charges against the suspects were not proven beyond doubt and acquitted the accused from the case.

During the trial the defence led evidence based on the DNA that asserted that the culprit for the killings was the person who had spat betel chew on a jak leaf.

It was confirmed that the samples of the spit collected from the jak leaf did not tally with other samples collected from the three accused. It was also established that the sample collected from the scene did not tally with the samples of betel spit found on the jak leaf

Consequently the defence moved to discharge the accused from the case.

Judge Tennakoon delivering her judgment acquitted the accused as the case was no proven beyond reasonable doubt.

The accused Namal Chaminda Silva, Sisira Priyankara alias Mithila and Lokugam Hewage Nushara were accused of having killing U.D. Premawathie, and H.G. Pushpakumari whose bodies were butchered and set a blaze in their own home in Kotakethana on July 19 in 2012.

Senior Counsel U. R. De Silva with Attorneys – at –law Chamani Sri Wijendra and Nadee Sarathchandra defended the 1st accused. Counsel Isuru Somadasa defended the 2nd accused while Counsel Dharshana Kuruppu with Nimali Menike Chandrasekera and Sampath Jayawardena defended the 3rd accused.(FT)

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  • Prometheus Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:29 PM

    brilliance of yahapalanaya. Even the former miracle of asia would be proud.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:53 PM

    What?

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:01 PM

    So back to square one. The fellows who actually did it must be laughing at the quality of our police.

    hemantha Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:42 PM

    They will get punishment from God.

    nimmi Thursday, 28 May 2015 02:54 PM

    What a judge she is then how they die cant she think as a women

    Lima Thursday, 28 May 2015 03:06 PM

    GENUINE MURDERERS AQUITTED , WHAT KIND OF JUDGEMENT IS THIS , THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE HEARD THAT PROVEN MURDERER ARE BEEN AQUITTED

    Sincere Thursday, 28 May 2015 03:08 PM

    An innocent mother and her innocent daughter lost their lives so tragically. But no one is guilty and all are free ultimately. What a country!!

    piyal Thursday, 28 May 2015 03:09 PM

    mehev ratakane api jeevath venne - saudiye ipadunam meeta hodai

    ANTON Thursday, 28 May 2015 04:15 PM

    THIS IS CALLED THE "WATTAKKA LAW"

    Saman De Silva Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:44 PM

    Well done judges. Every one please read the article from Deshaya news paper on 2015/03/29. When former DIG Vass Gunawardena taken the case the culprit was killed by a gang. The truth is known by Chief monk at Kotakethna temple. The case was framed by famous CID officer. I am not going to give the name. Truth finally came out and innocent people were released.

    Push Friday, 29 May 2015 06:22 AM

    This is amazing.

    Azee Friday, 29 May 2015 08:26 AM

    Unsolved murders via DM Android App

    Era Friday, 29 May 2015 09:14 AM

    Poor investigation by Police. No evidence at all. So better investigate again.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Friday, 29 May 2015 09:48 AM

    What has yahapalanaya got to do with it? The judge has acquitted the accused due to lack of evidence..

    Mahinda Pushpakumara Friday, 29 May 2015 09:48 AM

    Then where are the alien-ticians who killed them?


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