Nilanthi (35), an attractive mother of three grown-up children of Pokunuwita in Mulleriyawa was killed by her husband, on suspicion of her intimacy with men in the neighbourhood.
Nilanthi was employed in a textile factory while her husband Dayarathna worked as a lorry driver.
Dayarathna, a liquor addict always quarrelled with his wife because other males and neighbours admired her. This was a real worry to their grown-up children.
Nilanthi visited the Kelani Vihara with her sister, on the Esala Poya day on July 21 but did not return home. When the children on suspicion inquired from their father about their missing mother his answer aroused their children`s suspicion. As a week passed without her whereabouts being known, the children lodged a complaint at the Mulleriyawa police on suspicion after seein new cement marks in the dining room.
A police team led by the Mulleriyawa police OIC Kamal Pushpakumara probed and exhumed the buried body from the cemented pit. Nilanthi`s husband Dayarathna Perera was taken into custody.
According to Dayaratna`s confession, in a tussle with his wife, he landed a death blow on his wife`s head with a hammer and buried her in the dining room.
The Mulleriyawa police conducted investigations.