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 Post subject: Cricketer Arrested for Global Towers Death
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:10 pm 

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Cricketer Arrested for Global Towers Death

Sri Lanka cricketer Suresh Perera was arrested following the death of a youth at Global Towers in Wellawatte on Monday, police said.

The victim had fallen from the ninth floor of the apartment complex.

"The incident happened during a party thrown by the cricketer’s friends. In fact, it was supposed to be the cricketer’s bachelor’s party. We have taken nine into custody for questioning," Police said.

Police further revealed that the youth were under the influence of drugs and the cricketer’s friends had arranged for two prostitutes to attend the party. Police refused to confirm whether the prostitutes too were arrested.

Perera was to marry on the 6th of January and the victim was to be his bestman.

The victim (27) was a father of one child and was supposed to fly off to Australia soon after the cricketer’s wedding.

Perera (28) was a member of the Sri Lankan team that created history by winning country’s first Test Match in England in 1998 at the Oval, where he made his debut. From thereon he played in two more Tests and 20 ODIs from 1998 to 2001.

Apparently all are still behind bars and the court case was on Dec 14th. No idea what the outcome of the case is yet.

 Post subject: Suspects further remanded
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:40 am 

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Global Towers Hotel murder suspects further remanded

By Nirmala Kannangara

Chief Magistrate, Mt. Lavinia, Ayeshani Jayasena on January 11, further remanded till January 18 the eight suspects charged with the murder of Rehan de Silva at the Global Towers Hotel, Wellawatta.

Although the magistrate on an earlier occasion asked for the detailed fingerprints of the suspects and DNA samples, and reports from the JMO and the Government Analyst, only the JMO’s report and the suspects’ medical examination reports had been produced before court at the last hearing.

It is learnt that the attorneys appearing for the respondents had made an application for bail in the Colombo High Court on January 8, but the application had been refused, as all the detailed reports had not yet been scrutinised.

As requested by the attorneys of the respondents to make a fresh application for bail, the magistrate requested the authorities to submit all the relevant reports before courts by January 18 to enable the suspects’ appeal for bail to be considered.

"The suspected party has to resort to formal procedure to obtain bail as all relevant reports are yet to be received by court. The bail application has been refused on January 8 but they will re-apply for bail on the 19th," Attorney Jeewantha Jayathilaka told The Morning Leader.

Meanwhile, the Management of Global Tower Hotel has requested the court to give permission to re-open the suite in question as the hotel has already lost a considerable amount of money due to the long closure on the request of the AG.

The magistrate ordered the CCD to give a further report in this regard on January 18 after considering the hotel management’s request and wanted the CCD to take immediate action to release the suite in question to the management.

ASP, CCD Palitha Fernando meanwhile told The Morning Leader that a further report as requested by the court would be submitted on January 18 to enable the hotel to re-open the suite.

Attorneys M.A. Sumandiran and Jeewantha Jayathilake appeared for the aggrieved party.

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