CID to probe ‘Were there other accomplices’:
Triple killing – police grill suspect
The main suspect allegedly involved in the triple killing of the
former custodian Kapurala of Rankadu Paththini Devalaya at Kaduwela, his
mistress and her brother almost 10 days ago was taken in for questioning
when he surrendered to the Homagama police station on Friday. The
Homagama police handed over the suspect to the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) for further investigations, police sources told the
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will probe whether the
suspect committed the murder single-handedly or others too were involved
in the murder.
According to sources, the suspect from Dolekade who surrendered to
the police was also a co-accused in a murder case along with the
Kapurala. The murder case is being heard before the High Court in
Avissawella. The Kapurala who was granted bail by the courts was ordered
to report to the Homagama police station every Sunday.
The main suspect of the triple murder is reportedly a service
deserter and drug addict who had been involved in several crimes in the
area. He had been in remand prison for over 18 months in a murder case
for allegedly along with the Kapurala killing a man. He had an axe to
grind with the Kapurala because he did not adequately compensate him
while he was in the remand prison and moreover because the Kapurala did
not help bail him from prison. Last week he called over at the
Kapurala’s home and demanded money. But the Kapurala reprimanded him and
chased him away. The man went away threatening the Kapurala that he
would return soon.
The victims of the triple murder are Anura Tilak Alwitigala (44), his
mistress Mahayage Sudharshani(38) and her brother Mahayage Dilantha
Ratnaweera (36). They were stabbed to death with a pointed weapon while
they were asleep in their residence at Elias Mawatha Pannipitiya.
The suspect had surrendered to the Homagama police station knowing
that there was no chance of escaping the police dragnet. Three police
teams were detailed by HQI Homagama Chief Inspector Prasanna Ratnayake
to arrest the suspect.