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'I told her that I had a surprise for her, blindfolded her and then slit her throat'

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The suspect who has been arrested in connection with the daylight murder of a female University Student on Tuesday has revealed the chilling details of the incident while giving his statement to the Police, it is learnt.

The statement was given to the Police by suspect Pasidu Chathuranga, who studies at the same faculty. The following is extracted from the statement that the Police said he had given over the incident.

“I slit her neck after blindfolding her in the name of a surprise at the Racecourse ground,” he told the Police.

“I brought her to the Colombo Racecourse after telling her that I wanted to talk about something special. There, I blindfolded her saying that “I wanted to give her a surprise and then slit her neck,” he said.

It is believed that the victim could have been his girlfriend.

"Chuti (victim) always accused me that I have a mental illness. That's why I was in pain. I brought Chuti to the Racecourse saying that there is an urgent matter to discuss. I had been planning to kill her for about a month, as I don’t want to see her having an affair with someone else in the future," the suspect said.

Chaturthi Hansika Mallakarachchi (24), who was a third-year undergraduate at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of Colombo, died early on Tuesday after being brutally murdered.

“Since 2019 I have been taking medication for a psychotic condition. I started an affair with Chuti in 2020. I didn't tell her that I was taking medicine. But she came to know about it about four or five months ago. Then she wanted to stop our relationship and she did it," the suspect said in his statement. 

“After that, she completely changed. She constantly called me Pissa (Crazy or Lunatic). I checked if she had changed because of another relationship. But she had no such connection. I had no doubts about her. I was in pain with her because she always called me Pissa," Chaturanga told the police.

“Then I planned to kill her because I didn’t want anyone else to have her.
I bought a knife from Wellampitiya Junction on Sunday. I left my home on
Tuesday with that knife in my bag. After attending the first lecture in the morning, I asked Chuti to come to the Racecourse because I wanted to tell a special story," the suspect explained.

“At first she refused, then she agreed because I coerced her. We both walked to the Racecourse. We stopped at the pond and talked. I was still angry with her at that time. I told her I have a surprise for you and then I brought her near to the Racecourse Scoreboard," he said.

“There I blindfolded her saying that I had a surprise for her. She asked again what the surprise was. Then I slit her neck with the knife. She screamed, took off the scarf that was covering her eyes and screamed for help. I stabbed her again. There was a group of young girls nearby, and fearing that they would come to the place, I ran away from there. After running away from the scene, I got on a bus straight away and went to Wellampitiya thinking that I should throw myself under a train. But after waiting for a long time, no train came. I went home and left my bags and belongings at home and jumped into the Kelani River twice so that I could end my life as well. But those attempts also failed. It was then that I was taken into Police custody," Chaturanga said.  (Indika Ramanayake)

  Comments - 23

  • Doctor Thursday, 19 January 2023 05:26 PM

    20% of us suffer from some sort of mental health problem. Commonly it leads to suicide. Rarely murder. A tragedy of beyond belief.

    Lee Thursday, 19 January 2023 10:43 PM

    Public should be educated about stigmatising mental ill persons..

    Terry P Friday, 20 January 2023 04:36 AM

    Many people with mental illness were overlooked in Sri Lanka. Lack of money, fear of sending to Angola, no proper treatment, stigma. Crisis filled SL now has other priorities Sad.

    Mahila Thursday, 19 January 2023 05:58 PM

    What a waste of a precious life and wasted opportunity of Free education!!! The major loosers are the Victims Parents!!! Expectations dashed to smithereens!! what a cruelworld

    Surprise, surprise!! Thursday, 19 January 2023 05:59 PM

    The judge should give him a surprise. Hang him in the gallows, blindfolded.

    ANTON Thursday, 19 January 2023 06:12 PM


    Suhada malli Thursday, 19 January 2023 06:45 PM

    10% of Sri Lankan population is said to be suffering from some sort of mental problems as per a news items few years back. However do we have detection systems to identify and help such citizens?

    Jamis Thursday, 19 January 2023 07:31 PM

    What a tragic story. Sri Lanka will have a lot to learn from this story about mental health problems and some of their tragic outcomes. I also wonder whether this could have been prevented. What are the responsibilities of mental healthcare professionals, family members, the university itself? Who were aware of this situation? It is important to discuss, not to put blame, but rather to find solutions for the future.

    Concerned Thursday, 19 January 2023 09:31 PM

    Nobody should be called "pissa" or "pissi" especially when it's known that the person is indeed taking treatment for a mental condition. Naturally it hurts the feelings! These basics should be taught in schools!

    Lucky Thursday, 19 January 2023 10:21 PM

    A sad end to a beautiful life. A bloody good lesson for all young women to be extra cautious when choosing friends

    Cherath Friday, 20 January 2023 12:00 AM

    Why involve another/innocent person if you have serious mental issues? If you really cared and loved this girl for what she was, you should have revealed your true state and left her alone, which would have brought you respect and dignity as a fellow human being of same age. Instead, you took away this daughter from her parents, who have nursed and brought her up since birth. What a waste of an investment of the beloved parents. This man has brought nothing but shame and indignation to all educated youngsters.

    Jude Friday, 20 January 2023 01:30 AM

    If someone did this to my sister, I won't kill that person but I'll chop his both arms, yeah! Again I won't do it but I'll hire a person to do it!!

    Adam Speak Friday, 20 January 2023 01:39 AM

    What a pathetic tragedy. Most of the time Insane and blind love affairs ends up in problems. I sincerely hope and wish that marriages should be arranged and fixed by parents and elders to avoid such tragedies. Traditional marriages with the Blessings of Parents and Elders are the best. My sincere wish. What a loss of a beautiful girl. Beware of mental and Monsters like this.

    Ram Friday, 20 January 2023 02:29 AM

    Pathetic revelation. Suspect appear to be mental coupled with jealousy. He is likely to receive a reduced sentence and a daughter is lost for her parents. This is the cruel world we live in

    Aram Friday, 20 January 2023 06:04 AM

    Love affair always brings calamity in life.Parents will arrange a marriage in future so better study first

    Martin Milton Friday, 20 January 2023 08:05 AM

    Let us hope this pathetic individual receives JUST punishment despite his plea of mental illness. Such a beautiful young life wasted by this murderer. MM

    Mohan Friday, 20 January 2023 11:40 AM

    Whatever happens in this world is all fate. Only question is if he was not faking the mental illness for reprieve from punishment by the law.

    Sammy Friday, 20 January 2023 11:51 AM

    A mentally unstable person is unpredictable and can do anything because their sanity is not normal. A person who has gone upto the University level must be quite intelligent. This shows that mental stability cannot be judged by the level of one's intelligence.

    GHT Friday, 20 January 2023 12:54 PM

    Believe, if his mental-story proved true, he maybe sent to rehabilitate after treatment, which will lead to more such incidents to happen in the future. This is our JUSTICE SYSTEM in Sri Lanka. Anyway, We Pray For The VICTIM and send her kith and kin our Deepest Sympathies.

    Suween Vinsuka Kannangara Friday, 20 January 2023 04:13 PM

    The issue of degrading a person with mental illness is not a light matter. Cases such as Ahluwalia (1992) and Premlal v AG (in Sri Lanka) give a defence to a person with such a condition. I expect that to happen here as well, under s—294 (1) of the penal code. Mental health, especially among men, has always been neglected to the point that it is shunned, and even thinking you have issues has been seen as a weakness among the less educated/less intelligent of society (which is sadly a lot of people). This makes beasts among people which we have created. In a way, we all have contributed to this murder in some way or shape if you have ever made fun of, neglected or brought down a person suffering from such illness. It is a shame that this could have been prevented if we had a more inclusive culture and if mental health awareness had been more prevalent. Unfortunately, in a so-called "traditional country with centuries of culture," this is but a dream.

    Sam sen Friday, 20 January 2023 04:28 PM

    He was able to plan and execute well everything the way he wanted. His mental condition looks fine.

    LankanLover Saturday, 21 January 2023 12:45 PM

    I thought this murder took place out of Jealousy, seems like not just because of Jealousy but also out of Humiliation. When someone calls you " Pissa" out of Love it can be felt but when a tone of humiliation this is the result, but this boy could be using this mental illness as an excuse to escape from the Law.

    mohamed shifan Wednesday, 25 January 2023 01:29 PM

    A crime should be treated as a crime irrespective of the state of the person committed it. This is would halt the circumstances that would be open to engage in such crimes. And the law and punishment should be equally severe for persons found guilty.

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