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Alleged sexual abuse at Hantana: 4 suspects get bail

KANDY: The four suspects including two women held in remand in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a group of young women at the Hantana Vocational Training Centre were allowed bail in cash and personal surety by the Kandy Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala yesterday (22).

The four suspects were produced in court by the Kandy prisons officers.

The first suspect is a private tuition master named Chandimal Gamage.The second, third and fourth suspects are Imesha Wickremasinghe and Nuwandi Weerasinghe and Nimal Peiris respectively.

The Magistrate prohibited the suspects from leaving the country and ordered them to surrender their passports.The case was put off for October 10.

Kandy police Crime Investigation Branch OIC CI Farook, HQI CI Nipuna Dehigama and Women’s and Children’s Bureau Chief WCI Iyesha Bandara prosecuted.

Kalinga Indatissa P.C. with attorney Nanda Senanayake appeared for the fourth suspectNimal Peiris while attorney Nanda Senanayake appeared for rest of the suspects.A team of attorneys inclusive of Bandara Karunanayake and Supun Ratnayake watched the interests of the aggrieved parties.

Attorneys for the aggrieved parties said in court that police inquiries into the complaints were of a satisfactory nature.

At this point Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala said: "The stable was closed after the horse had bolted".
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