Galle High Court Judge Chandresena Rajapakse sentenced to death all seven accused in a murder case.
The accused are H. W. Priyamane of Takkalamulle, G. Premasiri of Thabiliyagoda, V. Shantha of Kongale, H. W. Ananda, G. G. Thilak of Themiliyagoda, K. M. Chandanatileke, K. W. Chandrapola and G. Premasiri of Mallalgoda.
The charges against them were causing death of K. W. Elaris on or about 25 March, 1990 by attacking him with clubs and pointed instrument, unlawful assembly for a common objective. The first accused in the case G. Wimalasiri had pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful assembly and was sentenced to three years imprisonment and the plaint was withdrawn and the other accused were released.
When the wife of the accused appealed to Court of Appeal that she was denied justice and falsely by the Court, the Court of Appeal had ordered a re-trial. Accordingly, a fresh trial was held.
High Court Judge declared that it was the saddest day of his life, but as the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and he is bound to executive the law.
State Counsel Sepala Ratnayake prosecuted while Attorney-at-Law H. P. de Silva defended.