A man who had dashed his own four-month-old child on the floor after a quarrel with his wife was sentenced to death by Colombo High Court yesterday.
Colombo High Court judge W.A.T. Ratnayake sentenced the accused, Jayasinghage Chaminda Pradeep Kumara of Gothami road, Borella.
The twenty seven-year-old convict, an army deserter had committed the offence on or around March 5, 2002 in Borella. According to the evidence, the accused had regular quarrels with his wife and on the day before the tragic incident too there had been a fight between the two. However that was settled after being summoned to the police but they had started quarrelling on the following day as soon as he retuned home in the evening.
The accused had dashed the four-month-old child on the floor and when the mother had picked her up he had grabbed the child from her and thrown out of the house. The child who was rushed to the hospital by the neighbours had died on the way.
The Judicial Medical Officer Ragama Dr. Priyantha Perera issuing the post mortem report stated that there were five fractures on the skull of the child which were fatal.
The court held that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt. State counsel Shanil Kularatne appeared for the prosecution.