Balapitiya Magistrate, S. A. Perera remanded a prison guard and a young man in the Ahungalle police area allegedly for raping the seven-year-old daughter of the former. The Ahungalle police produced the duo in court.
The suspect father had gone to the police station to lodge a complaint that a neighbour had raped his daughter. But the police, for some reason suspecting him too for the offence, had directed him to the Balapitiya Medical Officer, whose report had led the police to arrest the father. And based on the father`s information a young man named, Sanath Kalhara living in the vicinity was also taken into custody.
The girl was admitted to the hospital on the orders of the Magistrate for a report on the matter.
Attorney-at-Law, Samanmali Z. Siriwardane appearing on behalf of the National Child Protection Authority requested the court to order a DNA examination on the two suspects and the victim as the Authority was ready to bear the bill.
Although the Ahungalla police did not object to the suspect father being given bail, the lawyers for the victim objected to it.
As there were bitten injuries on the face of the child, the Magistrate ordered to produce the suspects and the victim to a dental clinic for reports and also to get reports from a psychiatrist regarding the suspects. A probation report on the child also was ordered to be produced.
The magistrate directed the police to see that special security is provided to the second suspect when in Galle jail.
While the legal officer of the Balapitiya Legal Aid Commission, Samanmali Z. Siriwardane, appeared for the victim on behalf of the National Child protection Authority, Attorneys at Law, Manel Kumarihamy, Gamage Wijesinghe, Asanthi Mendis and Anusha Dilruksi also appeared for her. About fifteen lawyers defended the two suspects.
A large crowd of people were there in the courts to witness the proceedings.