Death sentences for Premalal Jayasekara, two others | Sunday Observer

Death sentences for Premalal Jayasekara, two others

Former Power and Energy Deputy Minister and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Premalal Jayasekara alias ‘Choka Malli’ and two others who were found guilty of shooting to death a person and critically injuring two others during the 2015 Presidential Election campaign were yesterday sentenced to death by the Ratnapura High Court.

Furthermore, the accused were ordered to pay a compensation of Rs. 200,000 each to the family members of the deceased person totaling Rs.600, 000 and Rs.100, 000 each to the injured persons.

The three accused including former Parliamentarian Premalal Jayasekara, former Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council member Nilantha Jayakoday and former Kahawatta Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Vajira Darshana were charged in connection with alleged assault during the 2015 Presidential election period, killing one person and wounding two others by gunshots as the victims were decorating an election stage of then Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena in Kahawatta, Ratnapura.

The victim killed in the shooting incident was Dodangodage Susil Perera alias Shantha Dodangoda and the injured were K.Karunadasa Weerasinghe and M.Ilshan.

The case was taken up before the Ratnapura High Court Judge Yohan Jayasuriya who observed that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The case was filed against seven accused and four accused were yesterday released from the case by the Ratnapura High Court as there was insufficient evidence against them.

Considering the facts, the Ratnapura High Court judge sentenced the other three accused to death.

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