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Two arrested for alleged sexual assault, theft of American woman

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Kandy, Feb 02 (Daily Mirror) -  Two suspects were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 25-year-old American woman visiting Sri Lanka. 

The suspects had also reportedly stolen gold jewelry worth approximately USD 6,000 from the woman. 

The Crimes Investigation Division of the Kandy Police arrested the suspects, including a tourist guide. 

The incident was reported to the Nanu Oya Police, with the victim alleging that she was sexually abused at a guest house in Kandy on January 29. 

According to her complaint, she had consumed liquor with the suspects that night and she alleged that she was drugged and made unconscious.

Upon regaining consciousness, she found herself naked on a bed. 

The victim also complained that a gold bracelet worth USD 2,400, a necklace worth USD 3,600 and a pair of diamond-studded earrings were stolen. 

The suspects were arrested following investigations.


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  • Ranga Friday, 02 February 2024 06:39 PM

    Americana don't use gold unless she is indian or Sri Lankan American

    Samuel Saturday, 03 February 2024 09:39 AM

    So, let's fault her for being American or for wearing gold instead, is it?

    Karu Friday, 02 February 2024 06:55 PM

    welcome to Srilanka

    Dee Friday, 02 February 2024 07:06 PM

    For sure one would have been running a tuk!

    Dakshini Perera Friday, 02 February 2024 07:09 PM

    Welcome to the paradise Isle!

    Lion Friday, 02 February 2024 07:13 PM

    They must be given the maximum punishment available according to the law

    Sokrates Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:38 AM

    About 60 years ago, sex offenders in Germany were chemically castrated. This practice was stopped when a perpetrator (Jürgen Bartsch) died.

    sam Friday, 02 February 2024 07:16 PM

    Good advertisement for more visiting tourists

    Sambo Friday, 02 February 2024 07:21 PM

    Very good promotion for tourism.

    Amaran Friday, 02 February 2024 07:31 PM

    Shame on Sri Lankan where basic decency at a LOW LEVEL. With these kind of fellows in the country, how can we promote tourism??

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 02 February 2024 07:31 PM

    Most Sri Lankan men are primitive and sex starved.

    Garry Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:42 AM

    CORRECT- This is one part of the observation BUT the other part is when they see white skin they just get mesmerised. I wonder if they really see the real white when the makeup is peeled off?

    Mahila Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:29 AM

    "Most Sri Lankan men are primitive and sex starved." Liberalise, sex facilitators as advised by Ms. Gamage, State Minister of Tourism!! Problem Solved forever!?

    SK Kumara Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:50 AM

    Mahila, do you have a sister or two looking for employment on this trade ? Unlike you, they have to be pretty and attractive.

    Si Friday, 02 February 2024 07:48 PM

    Good tourism promotion.. lol.. when Sri Lanka got vulgar tourist guide, it never gain from tourism..

    Kumara Friday, 02 February 2024 07:51 PM

    Not defendinging the actions of the accused, why take these expensive jewellery items to Sri Lanka on a holiday.

    SL Friday, 02 February 2024 08:02 PM

    I'm also a foreigner in Kandy for nearly 20yrs, (as resident) she should've studied the cultural difference here in SL especially Kandy, though it was indeed unfortunate if tourist guide was involved. But she was very careless. Nowadays everywhere drugs, I can say SL is totally different from the time when I first arrived here. Hard to find the people whom we can trust nowadays, and we can't leave any of our items anywhere, It's the msg I can give to all tourists. I don't think only the government issue, even my country's government has corruption and living cost is so high now after corona, still I value honesty and live without disturbing others, out of my respect to my parents, otherwise no meaning of my life. But one thing, I sincerely respect the Buddhist culture here, and I've never touched any alcohol in my whole life, not only on poya. Intoxicants make us careless, as we see in this case as well. We can't blame others, then.

    maha Friday, 02 February 2024 09:09 PM

    such scale of robber should have political connection

    ajith Friday, 02 February 2024 09:10 PM

    When in Sri Lnka, never drink with unknown individuals.

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 02 February 2024 09:43 PM

    So, she consumed liquor with the suspects, so the suspects thought she was ready for fulfilling their desires. These suspects should be put away in jail for 10 to 15 years and any property, bank accounts in their name should be confiscated and used for their jail expenses.

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 02 February 2024 09:45 PM

    But you cannot arrest these culprits, the UN, Cardinal, NPP, SJB will come very strong against the Police and Police minister.

    Onlooker Saturday, 03 February 2024 03:27 AM

    You seem to be jumping the gun to show your bias in favour of the govt. as UN Cardinal NPP and SJB have only opposed excesses by persons mentioned.

    Banda Friday, 02 February 2024 09:50 PM

    Over to you Harin Fernando ???? what is your response???????

    SSZ KHAN Friday, 02 February 2024 11:00 PM

    Sri Lankan men have a bias thinking that every tourist woman from the west is just a sex object You have to change this attitude and give added protection. FOR ALL TOURISTS. The criminals must be given severe punishment

    Aquarius Saturday, 03 February 2024 12:56 AM

    It is time tourists are protected if we are to talk about genuine tourism. The laws should be amended so that such offenders get double the usual sentence. Only heavy punishment will make these idiots think twice. At the moment it is too lenient.

    Smh Saturday, 03 February 2024 03:22 AM

    Too many stories of single women tourists being attacked. Tourists too must have common sense in a 3rd world country. You may have a false sense of security since you are a foreigner but reality is you are a target. Stop drinking with people you don't know and don't go walking in lonely places at day or night.

    Ram Saturday, 03 February 2024 03:34 AM

    By the time the case come up for hearing the main witness is gone and the accused will be discharged. So they go scot-free

    Christo255 Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:57 AM

    It's a cultural thing, I'm a Sri Lankan currently in KL where my daughter studies. Here tourists as well as local ladies can be seen even wearing butt shorts but no one gives them a second glance. Society should be educated to value differences and respect others which is basic and primary for a better society where our women and children can be safe

    Moorey Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:58 AM

    These news items damage Srilankan tourism industry. Was it worth to publish this news? Better have awareness sessions and provide info to tourists specially solo back packers. Also make laws to give harsh punishments so people would think twice before attempting unlawful acts.

    Terrence K Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:28 AM

    @SSZ KHAN - You are spot on in identifying the reason of some of the Sri lankan men bias thinking that every tourist woman from the west are sex objects. Now with the new Police administration these maniacs will be taken to task and the law applied forcefully which in the past was weak.!!!!!

    Ann Marie Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:32 AM

    A single American girl touring overseas wearing a $ 2,400 bracelet, $ 3,600 necklace and Diamond studded earrings. Police better check whether she has insurance for those and then about her wealth and finally how much she pays for the places, where this super rich woman is staying.

    Ron Saturday, 03 February 2024 09:09 AM

    Foreigners must be adviced when they reach sri lanka for safty measures with guidelines. majority fellows are dangerous and desperate foriegners are easy targets specialy young middle-aged girls we must take responsibility to protect tourist from danger before its toolate.....

    Bolt lee Saturday, 03 February 2024 09:28 AM

    For the past 20yrs or so things have changed alot due to poor accountability by are judicial system majority have lost respect and have no fear now things have gone out of control majority fellows are uncivilized no respect no decency poor personality desparados government must cracked down this fellows this Barberions will jeopardise everthing and damage the image of sri lanka its about time to teach this dirty fellows a lesson...

    Jenny McIntyre Saturday, 03 February 2024 10:17 AM

    Writing from Canada. I will never step foot on your land.

    Cherath Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:42 PM

    Foreigner or local, why should a young woman spend time drinking alcohol with people you have never acquainted before? It could well be a set up by these men to drug and rape her at will. Foreigners must ensure their safety in a foreign country by staying well away from situations that might lead to grave danger - common sense!

    GHT Sunday, 04 February 2024 12:49 AM

    Ha... this is by the way SRI LANKA!

    ANNECUNT Sunday, 04 February 2024 05:49 PM

    RAJAPAKSA FAMILY MEMBERS?


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