Bethmage granted bail
Avissawella High Court Judge Ms. Devika Imbuldeniya Tennakoon
yesterday granted bail for Provincial Council Member Hector Bethmage,
who had been remanded in connection with an attempted murder. The High
Court Judge ordered Hector Bethmage to furnish cash bail of Rs.20,000
and a bond of Rs.500,000 each with two sureties. Bethmage was charged
with attempted murder of Jayamaha Mudalige Dinesh Pushpakumar of
Kadawatha. Earlier Senior Counsel for Bethmage Upali Senaratne, moving
for bail submitted that his client was returning from a funeral house
and was set upon by a group of thugs damaging his vehicle.
In his lengthy submissions Senior Counsel Senaratne submitted that
any person is entitled to exercise his right of private defence. The
suspect Bethmage was directed to appear before the Kaduwela Magistrate
Court on June 15. State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama appeared for the
Senior Attorney Upali Senaratne with Chandana Kalansooriya appeared
for Hector Bethmage.