Hambantota Mayor given 5 years RI in ‘Toy Pistol’ case | Daily News


 

Had threatened UNP MPs with pistol in 2014:

Hambantota Mayor given 5 years RI in ‘Toy Pistol’ case

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando who was sentenced to 5 years RI by the Hambantota High Court leaving Court yesterday. Pictures  by Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi, Ambalantota Group Corr.
Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando who was sentenced to 5 years RI by the Hambantota High Court leaving Court yesterday. Pictures by Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi, Ambalantota Group Corr.

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Ravindra Fernando was sentenced to 5 years Rigorous Imprisonment by the Hambantota High Court yesterday for threatening a group of UNP MPs in 2014.

Delivering the verdict of the case, famously dubbed as the “Toy Pistol case”, High Court Judge Thamara Thennakoon convicted Mayor Eraj Fernando and Premasiri Paranamana and sentenced them to 5 years rigorous imprisonment. They were also fined Rs 130,000 each and they were asked to pay Rs 1.3 million to the aggrieved party.

The mayor brandished a pistol at a group of UNP MPs, who were visiting the Mattala International Airport in 2014 on a fact-finding mission. Subsequently, he claimed that it had been a toy pistol. UNP parliamentarians Ajith P. Perera, Eran Wickremaratne, Ajith Mannapperuma, Nalin Bandara and R Yogarajan, who were then Opposition MPs, took part in the fact-finding mission. Stones and eggs were hurled at them when they were leaving the Hambantota Port Complex.

Three out of the five suspects charged over the incident were acquitted and released.

Fernando was re-elected as the Mayor of the Hambantota Municipal Council at the 2018 Local Government Election after contesting on the ticket of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

 

 


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