video : Supreme Court confirms death sentence to 4 including former OIC of the Angulana Police
The Supreme Court today rejected the appeal made by the former Angulana Police OIC and 3 other police officers who were convicted of a double murder in the Angulana region.
All four accused of the double murder were sentenced to death and the appeal sought a reduction in the severity of the punishment.
The appeal was considered today by a 5 member panel of Supreme Court judges comprising of Shirani Thilakawardena, Chandra Ekanayaka, Sathya Hettige, Priyasad Depp and Eva Wanasundara, and was subsequently turned down.
The 4 police officers in question have been accused of murdering two youth on or around the 12th of August 2009.
The former OIC of the Angulana Police T. D. Newton along with police officers Indrawansha Kumarasiri, Dhammika Nihal Jayarathne and Civil defence officer Janapriya Senarathna were sentenced to death in connection with the double murder in question.
Although the accused were not present at the Court when the verdict of the appeal was announced the Supreme Court panel of judges instructed the Prisons Commissioner General to immediately bring the accused to Court.
Our correspondent on scene reported that a short while later the 4 accused were presented before the Court.
The Attorney General had filed a case against the 4 police officers in question under 8 charges and the case was heard for two years and the suspects were sentenced to death on 25th of August 2011 by a 3 member panel of Supreme Court Judges.