Police to seek AG’s advice to charge Priyantha’s killer

By Madura Ranwala

The Polononnaruwa police will seek Attorney General’s advice to charge the suspect who attacked President’s youngest brother Priyantha on March 26 with an axe at Hatara Ela in the Polonnaruwa police area. Priyantha Sirisena succumbed to his injuries on March 28 in a private hospital in Colombo.

 The suspect was remanded till April 08 by the Polonnaruwa Magistrate.

President Maithripala Sirisena could not pay his last respects to his youngest sibling as he was on an official tour to China and returned to the country yesterday morning.

 The funeral took place on Monday with a massive participation of politicians and villagers. Most of the parliamentarians of the UPFA and UNP paid their last respects to the President’s brother.

The victim had apparently gone with his driver and another friend to the suspect’s parental house to settle a dispute with suspect Eshan Lakmal, a long-time friend. Subsequently, the suspect had attacked the victim from behind between 6.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Officer-in-Charge of the police station, Chief Inspector M. Jarul, told The Island that the police had recorded six statements to date and the investigations were not over though the SOCO’s (Scene Of Crime Officers’) investigation was over.

He said that they would seek the AG’s advice on charging the suspect after compiling all the evidence.

Police protection had been provided to the suspect’s house since the day of the brutal attack to avoid undue incidents.

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