Eight remanded over killing of 3-wheeler union boss | Daily News


Eight remanded over killing of 3-wheeler union boss

Leasing agency unregistered and unauthorised:
Suspects charged with unlawful assembly, assault:
The suspects at the Gangodawila courts. Picture by Rukmal Gamage.
The suspects at the Gangodawila courts. Picture by Rukmal Gamage.

The eight suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Sunil Jayawardena, the chairperson of the Self-Employed Professionals’ Three-Wheeler Association on Wednesday, are from an unregistered leasing agency, it was revealed yesterday.

They have initially been charged with unlawful assembly and assault pending further investigations and were produced in Court and remanded till June 24. Further charges may follow as the probe progresses. According to Police, Jayawardena (53), a resident of Thanayama Road, Kesbewa,was beaten to death by several persons in the fading light of the day.

Mirihana Police had received a 119 Emergency call about the incident on Wednesday around 6.20 p.m. from eyewitnesses who had seen an altercation between two parties near the finance company at Old Kottawa Road, Mirihana.

Initial investigations revealed that the victim had gone to meet the staff of the ‘finance agency’ to resolve the issue of a leased three-wheeler belonging to one of his relatives, police said.

A heated exchange of words had occurred between the staff members of this establishment and the victim during the negotiations, apparently culminating in the exchange of physical blows.

Police also found that the leasing agency in question had not been duly registered and had not been licensed by the Central Bank to run leasing operations.

Police said that following the emergency call they had rushed to the scene of the incident and made arrangements to transport the injured Jayawardena to the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital by ambulance.

 He however had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the attack on admission to the hospital.

Mirihana Police are investigating and requests any member of the public who has additional information or who may have seen the incident to come forward and share such information with the investigators in the strictest confidence.

Police also cautioned public against transacting with transactions with illegal or unauthorised finance and leasing companies.

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