Youth kills fiancee in Poya Day row

By Madura Ranwala

Hanwella police have arrested a 21-year-old youth for allegedly killing his fiancee following an argument at their home on Poya Day.

Under interrogation, the suspect has admitted that he attacked the victim as the latter had not heeded his objections to her taking part in religious observances. The police said that the youth had gone berserk after the girl insisted that they visit the nearby Buddhist temple.

The police identified the victim as Mahawattage Iresha Lakmali of Kadugoda North, Waga.

The couple had been living in the house at Elkanda, Welikanda, Waga for about two years, with the consent of their families. The suspect’s mother, too, had been living with them but on the day of the incident, she was away, a senior police officer investigating the crime said.

Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told The Island that the suspect, around 10.00 p.m, had lodged a complaint with the local police claiming that he found his fiance hanging in their home. However, the police suspected the claim and took him to custody, the spokesman said, adding that he claimed the circumstances under which she died. The suspect had attacked her with an iron rod and rubber horse causing her death and then hanged her before rushing to the local police.


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