Image released of Sydney acid attack suspect
Sydney Police have released an image of a man wanted over a violent
Sydney home invasion in which caustic soda, a substance with similar
effects to acid, was poured in the faces of two Sri Lankan students.
Jayasri Watawala, 22, and Chathurika Weerasinghe, 27, were at their
Westmead home in Sydney’s west on the night of May 17 when attacked.
Police say a group of up to five men forced their way into the
property where the corrosive liquid sodium hydroxide was splashed on the
victims, who also suffered other physical injuries.
“The victims suffered life-threatening wounds in the attack,” police
said in a statement.
Amalathepan Srikantharajah, 25, of Girraween in western Sydney, has
been charged with the attempted murder of both men, is accused by police
of being one of the “principal offenders” in the home invasion.
He was refused bail in a Sydney court last week. On the day of the
attack, there had been unrest between Tamil and Sinhalese groups outside
Westmead railway station after the Sri Lankan Government Forces claimed
victory over the LTTE.
Since those inquiries, police have released a computer-generated
image of a man wanted for questioning over the attack. The man is
described as being about 180cm tall, with a dark complexion, solid build
and collar-length, spiky black hair.
The victims of the attack were continuing their slow rehabilitation
program, police said last week. Srikantharajah is due to face court next
on July 16.