Inquest into Patel’s death to resume in August; Chandaria not required to attend
A Briton whose bride died during their honeymoon two days after arriving in Sri Lanka, was allowed to return home after a court lifted the travel ban on him on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.
Khilan Chandaria 33, said he would probably return home on Thursday after thanking several Sri Lankans who helped him during the tragedy.
“When I heard that I can go back, the realisation finally hit me that I am going back to a life without my wife,” Chandaria has told the AFP by telephone.
He said the remains of his wife Usheila Patel, 31, were repatriated Wednesday as the courts decided to put off a full inquest into the death until August. A court official has told the AFP that Galle Magistrate Pavithra Pathirana revoked the travel ban as Chandaria was not regarded as a suspect in the death of his wife. Chandaria was in court with three lawyers said he was touched by the kindness shown by Sri Lankans and wanted to thank all of them before leaving the island.
“If I was a foreigner in the UK and this happened, no one would have helped me as much as the help I got here,” he said adding that friends and relatives back home too were very supportive. He said he wanted to keep his wife’s memory alive by offering his time for charity work.
The inquest into Patel’s death will resume in August, officials said, but Chandaria is not required to attend.
“The forensic reports were not available today. Therefore the inquest proceedings were postponed until August 7,” the court official told the AFP. The couple checked into the Amari Galle Hotel on April 23, four days after their wedding, and were taken ill two days later.
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