Magistrate tells JVP MP to handover his laptop to Court



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By Piyadasa Ranasinghe


 Kaduwela Magistrate and Additional District Judge Ms Lanka Jayaratne yesterday ordered JVP MP Vijitha Herath to hand over his lap top computer to the Court.


She gave this order after an accused told Court that he was not guilty of breaking into the MP’s house at Pore, Kahantota, some two years ago and stealing a lap top computer and two mobile phones belonging to the MP.


The police had arrested suspect Sumith Wijeweera of Neluwa, Galle and remanded him on a Court order.


MP Herath, giving evidence, said that he was living in the Athurugiriya police area in 2010. On September 07 when he returned home from Parliament sittings, he had found that his house had been burgled. The intruders had entered the house by breaking the door locks. His documents had been scattered and the lap top computer and two mobile phones had been stolen. He had complained to the Athurugiriya police on the same day.


The suspect, without legal representation, giving evidence before Court, said he was not guilty of the charges leveled against him.


The lap top computer, which had been produced before the Court as a production, had later been released to the MP on a bond.


Considering the statement made by the suspect, the Judge ordered the complainant MP to hand over his lap top computer which is a production in the case and ordered the suspect to be present in Court on February 01, 2013. She said that it was not necessary for the MP to be present in the court on that day.


Police had reported to the Court that the suspect was a drug addict and had several other house burgling cases against him.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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