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S. Thomas’ College captain assault case

Ex-Richmond College vice-captain among suspects granted bail

Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekunawela yesterday released two suspects on a surety of Rs. 100,000/= each until April 30 for allegedly assaulting the cricket captain of the S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia team at Galle International Cricket Stadium following their victory over Richmond College, Galle in the Singer Trophy Under 19 division 1 inter-schools limited-over final.

The suspects were identified by the witnesses at the identification parade held on Wednesday. The suspects were identified as Avindu Theekshana Pathirana (last year’s Richmond College vice-captain, Sri Lanka under 19 cricketer and current member of Tamil Union) and Ambalangodage Chinthaka Sudesh, an old boy of Richmond College.

In prosecution Galle police told the court that as S. Thomas’ College registered a win by 11 runs in the above final about 150 people had rushed to the middle of the ground and started assaulting the players of the winning team including the captain of S. Thomas’.

The captain of the team had been severely attacked by the aggressive mob using flag posts also, the police further told the court. Following the complaint made by the S. Thomas’ captain the police had initiated investigations into the incident and arrested the suspects. The police also submitted to the magistrate that there were nearly 20 persons to be arrested in connection with the incident.

The magistrate advised the police to arrest the remaining suspects and produce them before courts.

Sergeants Ranjith Silva and Sampath prosecuted while Rajani Abewickrama, Attorney-at-Law looked after the interests of the students of S. Thomas’ College.


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