An investigation into the death of an 18-year-old hotel employee has revealed the existence of a ring that may have supplied youth including employees to foreigners seeking intimacy.
W. S. Harsha Kumara, following a course at the Golden Star Beach in Negombo, was dragged out of the hotel`s swimming pool but was pronounced dead on admission to the Negombo government hospital. The 5` 8` tall victim, at the time he was taken out of the pool by a Belgian girl staying at the hotel, had been wearing his uniform.
The victim`s father W. S. Wilfred Fernando (56) a resident of Timbirigaskatuwa had told the magisterial inquiry into the death reported on November 21, that his son could not have drowned.
Fernando claimed that his son did not stay at the hotel after his night shift as some of the kitchen`s staff were a bunch of intimacy maniacs. The victim`s father also claimed that Harsha was worried as his colleagues on the kitchen staff were liquor addicts. He did not stay as he feared them the father had said. According to Fernando Harsha was an expert swimmer.
Two hotel employees initially detained in connection with the incident were subsequently bailed. This was due to insufficient evidence to link them with the incident. The hotel management had denied any wrongdoing.
A guest T. Leonard Roshan who had been at the bar of the hotel had said that there had been heavy rain at the time he rushed to the swimming pool. He had been with his Belgian girl friend and her sister when they heard cries for help but the hotel staff had not tried to help their colleague. According to him the swimming pool lights had been switched off and the person in charge of pool had been missing.
The victim`s brother W.Anthony Pradeep Kumara too echoed his father`s concerns. According to him his brother claimed that he was being intimacyually harassed by a section of the hotel staff and was killed after he refused to have intimacy with a Dutch a resident guest.