The Sunday Leader

Murder In School Sends Shockwaves

By Camelia Nathaniel

Almost a week after a body was found in a school last Sunday around 6.00 p.m. by police, later identified as Agalawattalage Chandrika Sumathipala (45) of Kirulapone, no breakthrough has yet been made in the investigation into the murder. However two suspects have been arrested – the security guard who was on duty on the day and another suspected to be the victim’s lover.

The police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told The Sunday Leader that investigations have revealed the victim had been involved in an extra marital relationship with the second suspect and the security guard had allowed the suspect into the school premises on the day of the incident.

However even though the post-mortem was already held, police are still to determine the cause of the death. However, the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) has issued an open verdict.

“Body parts of the victim have been sent for examination to try and determine if she had been raped prior to the murder and to determine the exact cause of death. Although an autopsy was conducted on Monday (20) at the Colombo National Hospital, the JMO has requested more time to ascertain the cause of death,” added ASP Gunasekara.

According to the victim’s husband his wife may have been raped prior to her death. He said, however, there was no need for anyone to murder her. “I would have accepted her even if she had been raped, so why did they have to kill her? My children are still young and they need a mother. Now I am unable to leave them alone and concentrate on my work. Without my job it would be so difficult to raise my two children,” he added.

According to a victim’s colleague who preferred to be anonymous, the victim is said to have been having an involvement with the security guard as well. He told The Sunday Leader that she had been overly friendly with the other male colleagues and this was not taken very lightly by her lover. Hence she had many arguments and disagreements with the said suspect, he said.

The question that remains however is how she entered that room without the knowledge of the security on duty because he had the key to this particular room. According to police sources, the victim’s phone records show that the victim had made arrangements for her paramour to meet her at the school premises on the day. It is believed that after he had come to the school, which was closed for the holidays, they had had a bitter argument.

The husband stated that he had refused to accept the body since an open verdict was issued and no clear reason was established regarding her death. The body was later accepted by the family and her last rights were performed.

The victim had been employed as a janitor at the school for the past 14 years. She had decided to quit her job and to go abroad for employment. However when she had notified her intention to the school, the school management had informed her to hold on until they found a suitable replacement.

Recalling the events that transpired on the fateful day the husband revealed that they had gone looking for her because she had not returned having left home on Saturday morning for work. He said that there were bruises on her face when the body was found Sunday evening (April 19). When the police had searched the school premises, and when they were unable to find her, they had decided to ring her mobile phone.

Then they heard the phone ringing and had opened the door to the storage facility from where they heard the sound of ringing. They opened the door to the other room inside the main room and inside they discovered her body.

The police spokesman said that the two suspects were produced at court no 3 of the Hulftsdorp courts and remanded until the 27th of this month.  The relatives of the victim are optimistic that the police investigation and the body parts that were sent to the JMO would shed some light as to what had taken place at the school on that fateful day.

1 Comment for “Murder In School Sends Shockwaves”

  1. gamarala

    Presence of semen – spermatozoa – in vaginal swabs is diagnostic of rape.
    What are these body parts sent for rape determination.
    Maybe blood to detect drugs if any.

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