‘Atha Kota’ and 17 other sentenced death over estate superintendent’s murder

‘Atha Kota’ and 17 other sentenced death over estate superintendent’s murder

November 25, 2016   01:35 pm

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The former Chairman of the Deraniyagala Pradeshiya Sabha, Anil Champika alias ‘Atha Kota’, and 17 other suspects have been convicted and sentenced to death over the murder of an estate superintendent.

The suspects were sentenced to death after being produced before the Avissawella High Court today (25).

Charges had been filed against twenty-one suspects over the murder, however High Court Judge Devika Abeyratne acquitted three of them. 

The superintendent of Noori Estate, Nihal Perera, was hacked to death in Deraniyagala on July 05, 2013. He was assaulted by a group of men who arrived in an SUV while traveling on the road.
 
He was rushed to the Deraniyagala hospital in critical condition, however he had later succumbed to injuries. Two others were also injured in the attack. 
 
It had been reported that the victim had been threatened by a group involved in a timber racket.

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