Kotakethana DNA tests point to Suspect’s Culpability In Six Killings

(16.12.2015 – 09:00 SLT – mirrorcitizen.dailymirror.lk)

The CID yesterday informed Court that the DNA tests on the samples obtained from the 37-year-old suspect had matched the DNA tests on the objects recovered from the locations and the bodies of six women killed at Kahawatta, Kotakethana and the surrounding areas.

The suspect has been arrested on suspicion during an investigation into the killing of a woman at the Opatha estate. The DNA samples were tested by the Genetech institute.

They told Pelmadulla Magistrate Dinesh Lakmal Perera that the Genetec Institute in Borella had carried out the DNA tests and confirmed the suspect’s involvement in the killing of the six women. The remanded suspect Akurugoda Jayalathage Neil Lakshman was produced in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday. CID officer ASP Shahamantha Wijesinghe told court that the suspect had been arrested on suspicion during an investigation into the killing of a woman at the Opatha estate.

He said the officials of the Ratnapura Crime Investigation Division who investigated the killing of Setungage Dayawathi and her sister Tilakawathie of Warapitiya in Kotaketana on May 31, 2012 had collected samples of betel saliva spat out by the suspect and the secretion from the genital organs of the women and referred them to the Genetec Institute for testing. The CID officer said the samples collected from the genital organs of another woman D.M. Bandara Menike killed on December 15, 2011 and the samples of the suspect’s semen had also tallied when the DNA was tested.

He said positive DNA reports had been received on the killing of Siriwardene Mudiyanselage Menike of Divulwala, Liyanarachchige Premawathie and Pushpakumari of Kotaketana . Police produced the sharp weapons used by the suspect and clothes worn by the suspect at the time of the incidents. Attorney Seetha Ranjani told court that the suspect opted to make a statement to the Magistrate who postponed his decision on the statement and further remanded the suspect till December 29, 2015. A police team under Inspector Wijetunga, IP Faizer Mohamed and SI Manatunga are conducting further investigations on the instructions of ASP Shamantha Wijesinghe.

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