Hambantota High Court delivered a verdict on Monday, sentencing a group of six accused individuals to death for a murder that took place 20 years ago.
The accused, identified as Saman Bulathgama (81), Seenipellage Lalith Prasanna (43), Ranasinghe Arachchige Jinadasa (80), Hewa Halpage Wasantha (46), Dilan Manjula (39), and H.M. Navaratne (38), all residents of Gonnoruwa and Ketenwewa in Hambantota, were found guilty of assaulting and causing the death of Wijesinghe Kankanamge Nandatissa (30) on April 14, 2003.
The fatal incident occurred during a brawl stemming from a previous animosity. The accused attacked Nandatissa with clubs and sharp weapons.
Following their arrest by Hambantota Police, 21 suspects were initially charged, and the case was subsequently transferred to the High Court after non-summary proceedings in Hambantota Magistrate's Court.
After careful consideration of the evidence, the Judge concluded that the prosecution had successfully proven the charges against the six accused beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, they were sentenced to death, while the remaining 15 accused individuals were acquitted. (Dileep Jayasekara)
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