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A woman who stood indicted with murder was found guilty and sentenced to death by Kegalle High Court Judge Menaka Wijesundera on February 14.

The accused Gallage Dona Dharmaratne Menike of Bulugahadeniya, Kegalle had caused the death of a young man by throwing acetic acid at him on February 7, 2006. The accused was 42 years old at the time of the incident.  The deceased Rajapakselage Prasanna Rajapakse (33) was a bachelor of the same village.

After a lengthy trial that lasted about six years, the accused was sentenced to death. When she was asked whether she wished to make any plea before the verdict was delivered, she said she was a widow and mother of two school going children and pleaded in mitigation. 

However, the Judge who refused her plea passed the death sentence. (Chaminda Jayalath) 

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  • Anurasiri Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:30 AM

    Is this Saudi Arabia?

    Neluka Sunday, 19 February 2012 02:04 AM

    I did not know that there was a death penalty in Sri Lanka?

    Nodrog Sunday, 19 February 2012 10:49 AM

    The death penalty is a joke. If it's not implemented why are people sentenced to death?

    Amdan Sunday, 19 February 2012 12:16 PM

    Dont worry Anurasiri, its only for the record. Have you heard any news about carrying out the order given in the court? After all its banana republic. Everyday a rape case, killing is very common.

    Truth Saturday, 18 February 2012 10:17 PM

    At least justice is done now, after not hearing for a long time.

    Anurasiri Saturday, 18 February 2012 11:29 PM

    What's going on my country? I thought Sri Lanka is 80% Buddhist nation? I hear this death penalty a lot these days? Why not keep them couple of years in jail till they understand the reality. I don't get this. Where are the Maha Sanganayakas?


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