Murders of women that baffle the police
Harshani Nilukshika Jayaweera (27) was an unmarried woman from a
wealthy family. Her family lived in a mansion at Bandaragama -Raigama in
the Millgaswewa junction. Her father was a businessman who owned a
bakery and a hotel at Horana. She had a brother who helped her father to
run the bakery at Horana. But she was destined to die young as fate had
decreed, at the hands of a brutal assassin who inflicted grievous
injuries on her on March 26. There were several wounds on her neck
inflicted with a sharp cutting instrument.
All this happened while she was alone at home on that fateful day. At
that time her family members were away. Her blood-soaked body was found
lying in the garage behind her home. Police said it was not clear as to
how her body came to be found in the garage. Ostensibly she may have
come down to the garage to discuss something with the assassin or it
maybe that she was set upon by the assassin who stalked her after her
family members left the house. When Bandaragama police began
investigating the circumstances in which she mysteriously died, someone
in the neighbourhood told them that two people were seen lurking outside
her house that morning. The crime was probably committed between 11 am
and 1.00 pm and the Killer vanished leaving behind some prints at the
scene of the crime, police said.
On the day of the incident, her father had left for the bakery at
Horana early in the morning. Her mother too had left home that morning
to visit a temple in the area. The killing took place after her brother
had also left home that day around noon. Meanwhile, her father returned
from Horana around 1.30. pm. and found his daughter lying in a pool of
blood in the garage. He rushed her to the Horana hospital but found her
dead on admission. A police party led by OIC Bandaragama Police Station
Chief Inspector Charles Wickremasinghe and OIC Crime Inspector Udaya
Kumara visited the scene of the crime after hearing about the brutal
According to the police the motive for the killing was not clear at
the time of filing this story. However, suspicion fell on a young man
employed by her father. Her father fired the man from his work place
recently. Later when policemen went to question him regarding the murder
he was found missing from his home. Nobody at home knew his whereabouts
as he had not informed them. Later the autopsy was conducted at the
Horana hospital by the Judicial Medical Officer Horana. The victim had
been stabbed in the neck several times with a sharp cutting instrument
and the woman died as a result of haemorrhage, the JMO’s report said. In
the meantime police found a crow bar with blood stains used in the
killing. The killer had kept the crow bar against a wall in the garage.
‘Policemen received a tip off that led to the arrest of the man who
was employed by the victims father. The man was picked up from a
location in Moratuwa. The man vehemently denied any knowledge of the
foul murder. He denied attacking the victim with a crow bar. He told
police that he left the bakery on his own accord. Police said the motive
for slaying is not clear. “It could be an act of revenge or due to some
other reason which we are investigating. We are looking at it from all
angles before drawing a conclusion.” police said. Meanwhile, CID sleuths
have been assigned with the task of investigating the heinous crime.
Police records show that several women have been murdered during the
past few months. Most of the victims have been gagged while they were in
Two months ago an elderly woman was gagged while she was preparing
bed tea for her husband early in the morning at her home in Borella. The
assassins then fled on hearing the door bell ring without leaving behind
any clues. The men entered the home by removing a concrete slab from the
roof. But police arrested the suspect after enduring detective work.
In another incident, three weeks ago a popular film actress and a
film producer Vinu Wettamuni was murdered while she was asleep in her
home at Ratmalana. The assassin who spent a night at her home on that
fateful day trespassed into her room and strangled her by tying a shoe
lace round her neck. The killer is still at large and police have not
been able to trace him so far.
A bizarre murder was reported from Mawathagama where a 67-year-old
unmarried woman had been strangled to death in her home at Mawathagama
last Monday. Police visited her home and found her body lying on the
floor of the room. Her hands and legs were tied and pieces of cloth in
her mouth. Police found the front door locked but the rear door opened
from where the killers had escaped, police said. The woman had shared
her home with eight couples who rented out rooms in her home. The
couples were employees of garment factories in the Mawathagama area. She
was engaged in pawn brokering business and lending money on interest.
On the day of the incident, the woman had visited a Co-Operative Bank
in the Mawathagama town and had withdrawn Rs 28,000 from her account.
Thereafter, she had purchased groceries which she carried home in a bag.
After reaching home she kept the bag containing groceries on the
doorstep but had gone missing thereafter. A boarder who returned home
that evening found the house locked and the landlady missing. But when
he peeped through a fan light he found her lying on the ground with her
hands and legs tied.
Police said the victim’s room had been ransacked with all valuables
stolen along with the cash register where she kept the names of people
whom she lent money.
Further investigations are being made by Officers in Charge (OIC) of
the Mawathagama Police station Inspector N.P.S. Jayalath and OIC Crime