Duminda Silva re-remanded
COLOMBO: Western Provincial Councillor Duminda Silva was identified
as the person who caused injuries to a American woman sailor and
assaulted two other American Security Officers of the US Embassy at a
night club, by them at an identification parade held at the Colombo
Magistrate's Court before Additional Magistrate Ms Darshika Wimalasiri
Colombo Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Kusala
Sarojini Weerawardana extended the remand of Duminda Silva yesterday
till June 9 following submissions made by Senior State Counsel (SSC)
Gihan Kulathunga that there were others to be taken into custody with
regard to this incident.
Granting bail to Duminda Silva would affect the process to take them
into custody. SSC Kulathunga also submitted that Duminda Silva was
already on bail in three separate cases and this was his fourth time of
pleading for the granting of bail. He objected to the granting of bail
to Duminda Silva since he had a tendency to commit another crime.
Duminda Silva was taken into custody by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD)
while he was being treated at a private hospital on May (30) for
allegedly causing injuries to an American female security officer Sigrid
Iksha Rivara and assaulting two male security officers Wilbur Lon Lamton
and Solmons employed at the American Embassy as security, officers at a
night club on May 26.
Defence Counsel Anil Silva submitted before Court that the State
Counsel's objection for granting bail was contradictory to law.
The Defence Counsel said that when his clients lady friend went to
the Kollupitiya Police to complain about the sexual harassment they were
refused to entertain the complaint.
Thereafter she returned to the Cinnamon Gardens Police to make the
The police who was taking notes of the complaint stopped their task
midway and refused to continue. She thereafter made the complaint at the
Police Headquarters. The Police did not take any action to investigate
into that complaint.
The Defence pleaded with the Court to grant bail to Duminda Silva on
any grounds. The Judge observed that the Court could not extend his
remand continuously and ordered the Police to complete the investigation
soon. The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered the Police to conduct a
separate investigation into that incident and submit a report before
Court. Attorneys-at-Law Anil Silva, Nalinda Indatissa and Kalinga
Indatissa, Chathura Galhena, Hemantha Gamage, Prasad Liyanarachchi and
Ms Lakshika Fernando appeared for Defence while SSC Gihan Kulathunga
appeared for the prosecution.