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 Post subject: Killer Hooker gets 9 years for murdering Sri Lankan
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:33 pm 
Killer Hooker Went Back On The Game To Buy A Suit For Court

Sri Lankan-born 28-year-old Prabo Wanigasuriya was found stabbed in a flat in Glasgow in the summer of 2001. The knife had sliced through his liver, pancreas and pierced his heart. High Class hooker Cassandra Francis was found guilty of murder of Prabo. She said: "I didn't mean to stab him. I think he just came on to the knife." The judge showed sympathy when he sentenced her to a minimum of nine years - one of the lowest sentences served by all the women killers in Cornton Vale.

Feb 8 2008
@ Glasgow Daily Record


A GOOD night out. That's what the three pals needed, and they had a great time in Glasgow. But it ended in a nightmare. Sri Lankan-born Prabo Wanigasuriya was clubbing with his two mates, Chris and Majed, at Archaos and Trash, top venues in the summer of 2001. The pals split up around 4am and went happily on their separate ways. Except one didn't go home.

Less than an hour later, a woman made a frantic call to the concierge in her high-rise block of flats in Townhead. She was upset, crying, but the message was understood: "Get an ambulance and the police." When the police and paramedics arrived, they discovered 28-year-old Prabo lying covered in blood on the floor. He had been stabbed.

The woman who phoned the concierge was Cassandra Francis, 35. The Townhead flat was her flat and while it wasn't the most salubrious of abodes, it struck the cops that Francis wasn't the usual type of person who got caught up in such grisly scenes.

From an ordinary background, at one time she had kept company with wealthy highflyers, stayed in top hotels, holidayed in exotic destinations.
She was more used to calling room service than her frantic call to a concierge of a block of council flats. She had been a girlfriend of millionaire farmer David Robison, mixing with nobility, celebrities and bankers. Back then, she had frequent stays in a country retreat owned by David's father Bill, chair of distillery firm Blairmhor. Looking round the blood-spattered flat, the cops could see that Cassandra Francis had fallen from grace big time.

Some years before, her relationship with Robison over, she had turned to prostitution, not on street corners or even in the relative safety of saunas.
Francis was a high-class call girl charging £500 a trick and sometimes as much as £2000 or £3000 for a weekend. She had the manners, graces and looks that meant some wealthy Johns could hire her to accompany them to a ball or big family wedding.

She played the role of polite girlfriend perfectly and later provided extras.
Maybe it was just that she was getting older. Maybe, she had developed a bad drug habit. Francis wasn't saying, but she had slipped from her position as a high earner and was now living in a dingy flat, selling her body at the going street rate.

Then Prabo ended up dead in her room.

His pals were mystified. He had never mentioned Cassandra Francis. But phone records prove he had called Francis earlier that evening. To arrange to meet her? Not according to her. She told cops she woke up hearing keys rattle and a strange man in her flat - something that would terrify anyone, especially a woman alone. Worse, she claimed he was carrying a knife. She told police: "I breenged at him and twisted the knife from him, but I did not want to kill him. I just thought it would be him or me."

An understandable explanation if some armed stranger walked into your house in the middle of the night. She added: "I didn't mean to stab him. I think he just came on to the knife." There was one wound on Prabo, a fact that supported Francis's story. Yet the knife had sliced through his liver and pancreas and pierced his heart. One powerful blow and unlikely to be an accident, the police thought.

At her trial for murder in July 2002, Francis refused to take the stand, as is the right of an accused. It left the jury to deal with the statements she had made to the police. Cassandra Francis was found guilty of murder but as the verdict was read out, four female jurors wept, no doubt feeling sorry for the woman who had fallen on hard times.

Even when on bail for the murder, she worked as a prostitute to earn cash for an expensive suit for the trial. The judge showed sympathy when he sentenced her to a minimum of nine years - one of the lowest sentences served by all the women killers in Cornton Vale.


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