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Eighteen-year-old youth sentenced to death for killing eight-year-old boy
by Chitra Weerarathne
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Sihara Amila Nuwan de Silva who was sentenced to death yesterday for the murder of Sadeepa Lakshan last year. (Pic. by Eranga Jayawardena)
The Colombo High Court, Trial-at-Bar, yesterday, imposed death penalty on 18-year-old Amila Nuwan de Silva found guilty of the murder of 8-year-old Sadeepa Lakshan de Silva at Aluthgama, last year.

In the judgement delivered yesterday the Colombo High Court, Trial-at-Bar, yesterday convicted, Amila Nuwan de Silva aged 18 years of the three charges of abduction, murder of 8-year-old Sadeepa Lakshan de Silva at Aluthgama, on October 8, 1999 and demanding and accepting of a ransom of Rs. 25 lakhs, from the father of the child, Jayantha de Silva.

The Bench comprised, High Court Judges, Mr. Chandradasa Nanayakkara, Mr. Andrew Somawansa and Mrs. Chandra Ekanayake.

The death penalty was imposed for the conviction for murder.

A penalty of 5-years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 5,000, in default a rigorous imprisonment term of one year was imposed for the conviction for abduction.

A penalty of four years rigorous imprisonment, with a fine of Rs. 25,000 in default a rigorous imprisonment term of two years was imposed for the conviction for ransom. These prison terms will run concurrently.

Senior State Counsel, Jayantha Jayasuriya with Ms. Prashanthi Mahindaratne appeared for the prosecution. Jaliya Samarasinghe, for the accused Amila Nuwan de Silva.


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