Probe continues in hotel murder case:
The man who is alleged to have killed his newly wedded wife by
slashing her throat with a knife after getting her drunk at their hotel
room in Kollupitiya was identified by sleuths of the Colombo Crime
Division (CCD), when they found the marriage certificate of the couple
and a telephone number, in a bag in their hotel room, police sources
told the Sunday Observer.
The sleuths after entering the room found her body in a decomposed
state lying on the bed with her throat slashed. When police showed the
woman’s passport to hotel employees they identified her as the woman who
had checked in a week ago. When police tried to contact the telephone
number found in the woman’s bag they found it switched off. The deceased
was identified as Sudarshani Shakila Kanagasabai, a UK resident who was
on a honeymoon.
The breakthrough came while the autopsy was in progress at the
Colombo morgue. Inspector Duminda Kulasekera received a telephone call
from a person making inquiries about Sudarshani. It was then the police
realised that the deceased had relatives in Sri Lanka. The caller who
was later summoned to the Kollupitiya police admitted that the deceased
was his sister. He further said that she had married a Tamil businessman
Gnanachandran from Colombo on February 19. The name in the marriage
certificate also confirmed that Gnanachandran had married Sudarshani
Shakila Canagasabai. When police went in search of Gnanachandran at his
relatives home at Kollupitiya, he had left the house already.
According to police sources the suspect had stabbed her several times
with a knife used to slice apple following an argument.
Meanwhile sleuths also found that Sudarshani was married twice and
was a divorcee, and that Gnanachandran too was married earlier and his
wife, a mother of three children had died in a gas explosion at their
home in Chennai, India in November 2011.
On a tip off received by the OIC, Kollupitiya, Chief Inspector
Mangala Dehideniya, the suspect was arrested by the CCD sleuths near a
hospital in Kollupitiya.
The suspect was produced before Fort Magistrate and remanded till 8th
March, until investigations are completed. The investigation is being
supervised by the Director of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD)
Superintendent of Police, D.A. Ranaweera.