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Devale custodian Batagoda further remanded

The Galle Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a Kapuwa (custodian) of a Devalaya in Metaramba, Unawatuwa, Habaraduwa arrested by a special CID team over his involvement in befriending children and persuading them to engage in sexual activities, video recording them and selling them to foreigners to be remanded till September 6.

Court also ordered the police to produce the suspect Keerthi Kumara Batagoda before a psychiatrist at the Mulleriyawa hospital to determine whether he was suffering from a mental illness.

Investigation officers of the Criminal Investigation Department, presented before Court, that although there were three children who were victims of this incident at the beginning, 15 more children have been identified and five of them have been questioned so far. Earlier the Criminal Investigation Department had stated it received video footage of the suspect allegedly engaging in sexual activities with children.

The investigation has revealed that the children to be between nine and 15 studying in several schools, including two public schools in the south. According to the Criminal Investigation Department, two children who live in Athurugiriya and Kesbewa are among them.

Earlier the Criminal Investigation Department said that this information is only some of the cases that have been revealed and that a large number of other children may have become his victims.Investigations have revealed that he committed this crime on the children in several rooms in a one-story building behind the devalaya and other hotels. In addition, it is suspected that children have been victims of this crime at his house in Athurugiriya.

The CID team had also raided that house owned by him and they had recovered several items used for this purpose.

It is believed that he had purchased this house to be used for such illegal purposes.Investigation have also revealed that this suspect spends a lot of money on television channels to conduct programmes about himself and when he comes to Colombo to participate in those programmes, he stays at this house in Athurugiriya.


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