Accused in Maheswaran killing sentenced to death
The accused in former Parliamentarian T Maheswaran’s murder was
sentenced to death by Colombo High Court judge Sunil Rajapaksa
In this case, the Attorney General indicted John Pauline Wellington
on two counts of having caused the death of Maheswaran and Chandrakumar
Mahindan on January 1, 2008 by shooting them while they were coming out
of the Kotahena Sivam Kovil after attending the morning pooja.
High court judge Sunil Rajapaksa who exonerated the accused of the
charges of killing Chandrakumar Mahindan found the accused guilty of the
charge of committing the murder of T Maheswaran and passed the death
sentence on him.
The judge in his order said the accused John Pauline Wellington
should be hanged to death within the four walls of the Welikade Prison
on a date ordered by the President.
The High Court judge in his order which ran into 150 pages said the
evidence led in court and the DNA investigation reports proved beyond
doubt that the accused had committed the murder of T Maheswaran by
shooting him with a pistol. Senior State Attorney Thushara Kumarage