Mystery surrounds retired Supreme Court Judge’s death


Retired Supreme Court Judge Sarath de Abrew passed away yesterday morning. His death is reported as an accidental one due to a fall from the balcony of his residence at Mt. Lavinia.

The deceased was recently indicted in the High Court of Colombo on an allegation of grave sexual abuse of a domestic aide. De Abrew pleaded not guilty. His defence Counsel contended that the complainant domestic aide had, at first, complained to the police of assault. Weeks later in a second statement she added on the allegation of sexual abuse.

The indictment was fixed for trial in the High Court of Colombo.

In May 2015 de Abrew with Justice Eva Wanasundera issued an interim order preventing former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from being arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).

De Abrew had lived with his daughter and wife in their residence at Attidiya Road.

No one has seen him fall. His only brother who was also an attorney-at-law predeceased him several years ago.

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