Victim still suffers mental trauma - Psychologist | Daily News


Abduction, assault of Nipuna Ramanayake:

Victim still suffers mental trauma - Psychologist

Prosecution witness Psychologist and Senior lecturer of the Medical Faculty of Lalith Kotelawala Defence University Dr. Neil Francis Joseph Fernando yesterday testified before the Colombo High Court regarding the case filed against eight accused including former DIG Vass Gunewardena, his son Ravindu Vaas Gunewardena and his wife Shyamali Priyadharshani Perera for allegedly abducting and assaulting Nipuna Ramanayake on August 2009.

The witness stated that he was able to examine victim Nipuna Ramanayake following the abduction and assault. The witness said at the time of examination Nipuna Ramanayake was in a state of mental trauma due to the assault and he was of the view that Ramanayake would still be suffering its effects.

The witness further informed court that Nipuna Ramanayake, a student of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) was checked by him a week after the incident in August 2009 and again checked last week for the second time. The witness said he could state that Nipuna was always reminded of the trauma he had faced, due to which his education had also been impaired.

The evidence was led by Deputy Solicitor General Sudarshana de Silva and the case was fixed for further trial on August 27 by Colombo High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against former DIG Vass Gunawardena and seven others including his son Ravindu Vass Gunawardena and wife Shyamali Priyadarshani Perera under 13 counts including the abduction and assault of Nipuna Ramanayake.

Five police officers attached to the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) were among the persons who were indicted by the Attorney General. They were Indika Pushpa Kumara, P.D. Priyankara de Silva, Y.M. Lakshman Thilakarathne, D.M.S. Sandun Dissanayake and Saman Vithana.

At the time of the incident, Vass Gunawardena was the Director of the CCD.

President’s Counsel Srinath Perera and attorney-at-law Darshana Kuruppu appeared for the defence.

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