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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 13:00
Update: 7 suspects including ‘Swiss Kumar’ sentenced to death
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The 3-member bench sentenced 7 suspects to death over the murder of 18-year-old schoolgirl Shivaloganathan Vidya in Punkudithivu, Kaytes in Jaffna.

There were 9 suspects in this case and 2 of them were released by the bench.

The bench included Vavuniya High Court Judge Balendran Sashi Mahendran, Jaffna High Court Judge Ilancheliyan Manickavasagar, and Trincomalee High Court Judge Annalingam Premashankar.

The verdict was delivered by High Court Judge Balendran Sashi Mahendran and, Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan.

The second suspect Poobalasingham Jeyakumar, 3rd suspect Poobalasingham Thavakumar, 4th suspect Mahalingam Shashidaran, 5th suspect Thillenathan Chandrahasan, 6th suspect Sivadevan Dushanth alias Periyammbi, 8th suspect Jeyadaran Kokilan and 9th suspect Mahalingam Sashikumar alias Swiss Kumar were sentenced to death.

The Hiru court correspondent said that the 1st and 7th suspects were acquitted.

The convicts were also given a 30-year rigorous imprisonment.

They were also ordered to pay fines between Rs. 40,000 to 75,000.

The judges also ordered the 7 accused to pay compensation of Rs. 1 million each to Vidya's family.

This is the first occasion that a verdict was delivered after hearing a case outside Colombo by a bench of High Court judges.

On 13th of May, 2015, Shivaloganathan Vidya had been abducted, gang-raped and then killed by the accused.

Thereafter, the authorities appointed a 3-member bench to hear the case and proceedings started on 12th of June this year at the Jaffna High Court.

The judges ruled that the murder was well-planned.

Making the opening submission on June 29th, Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera stated that the rape and crime were well planned as the assailants received support from their counterparts from Switzerland.

He said the assailants had planned to film the crime and sell it overseas, therefore, the crime could be considered an international crime.

However, after the judgment was announced, lawyers appeared for the convicts stated that they will appeal against the verdict in the near future.

Later, the convicts were transported to Anuradhapura Prison amid heavy security.


Update: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 13.29
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Verdict on Vidya murder case delivered, 7 sentenced to death

The verdict of High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan on the Vidya murder case was delivered a short while ago.

According to his verdict, 7 of the nine accused have been sentenced to death. The verdicts of other two judges are yet to be delivered. 

The hearing on the murder case of 18-year-old Shivaloganathan Vidya began in June this year before a 3-member bench.

The bench included Vavuniya High Court Judge Balendran Sashi Mahendran, Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagar Ilancheliyan, and Trincomalee High Court Judge Annalingam Premashankar.

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