By Chrishanthi Christopher
The police remained tight lipped on the release of the suspect in the double rape case at the BMICH Colombo that took place early last month.
Lankadeva Dinesh de Zoysa of Ahungalla, an employee of the BMICH, had been arrested on June 9 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl at the BMICH premises. However the suspect in the case had been granted bail last week by the Colombo Magistrate Rushmi Singappuli.
When asked how the suspect had been released despite the heinous crime committed, the Cinnamon Gardens Police, IP Jayasundera said that, ‘bail has been granted and that it is the done thing’.
According to Section 363 of the Penal Code of Sri Lanka, rape is a serious crime and punishable under the criminal law. A new Section added in 1995 gives rape convicts ten years rigorous imprisonment (RI).
The suspect who was caught by the Crime Division of the Cinnamon Gardens Police was produced before the Colombo Magistrate Court on June 11 and remanded till June 25 by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Rushmi Singappuli.
However he had been granted bail on June 2. Attorney-at-law Anton Senanayake appeared for the suspect.