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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 12:20
Professor arrested for stealing David Shillingford Paynter's paintings
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A Professor who had been entrusted with 19 paintings worth of Rs. 37 million drawn by renowned artist David Painter was arrested by Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) for not handing them over to the University of the Visual and Performing Arts according to David Paynter's last wish.

A retired Professor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts Albert Dharmasiri who had been entrusted with 19 paintings of David Shillingford Paynter's to be handed over to the university according to David Shillingford Paynter's last wish had not done so.

Instead the Professor had kept seven precious paintings to himself and sold 11 others to various people for large sums of money, Police Media sources states.

The Nuwara Eliya Magistrate ordered to release the Professor on a cash bail of Rs. 5,000 and a surety bail of Rs. 100, 000 and ordered to appear again on February 29, 2016. 

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