An underworld figure identified as Nuwan Udaya Gunathilleke, alias Kudu Nuwan, who was alleged to have accompanied Minister Mervyn Silva to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation at the time of the attack on its News Director has been charged with molesting a young girl.
The victim had lodged a complaint with the Kollupitiya police yesterday, stating that the suspect had taken her to an upstair house and sexually molested her.
According to reports, the girl had been subjected to a medical examination and the Judicial Medical Officer had confirmed that she had been the victim of a sexual assault.
The suspect is also an accused in a double murder case being tried in the Colombo High Court.
In this case he and ten others have been indicted on seven counts, including the murder of K. P. Somalatha and her son Sumith Kumara on October 6, 2001 at Wadugodawatte, Wellampitiya. It is alleged that the accused had come with some others and hacked the two to death following a dispute. Nuwan is also alleged to have attempted to murder H. A. Nilatha Kumara by hacking him with a sword on the same occasion.