Negombo Chief Jailor Sampayo and three jailors remanded until Aug 18

Aug 05, 2020

Negombo Chief Jailor Sampayo and three jailors remanded until Aug 18

Colombo (Sri Lanka) Aug 5: Negombo Magistrate Sajinda Jayasuriya today ordered to further remand former Superintendent of the Negombo Prison AnuruddhaSampayo and three other jailors until the 18th of August.
The Magistrate issued the order when the case regarding the provision of luxury facilities to the inmates of the Negombo Prison.
Former Superintendent of the Negombo Prison AnuruddhaSampayo who was in hiding for more than 11 days was taken into police custody on the 2nd by Negombo Police in Kurunegala. He was produced before the Negombo Magistrate yesterday and remanded till today.
When the case was taken up again today, Attorney-at-Law Sachintha Fernando, appearing for the defendants, said that the charge filed against his client is a bailable offense under Section 14 of the Bail Act.
Accordingly, he requested the court to grant bail to his client AnuruddhaSampayo under any conditions.
However, Additional Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris who appeared for the Attorney General's Department stated that the former Superintendent of the Negombo Prison had been in hiding for several days ignoring the warrant issued against him. He told the court that there was no mention of what he had done during those days and where he had stayed.
Dileepa Peiris further stated that there are strong suspicions on Negombo Police arresting the suspect in Kurunegala despite having several police stations in the Kurunegala District.
AnuruddhaSampayo had got into a red car in Kurunegala and arrived at the Negombo Police Station but no information was given to the court as to whose vehicle it was, the plate number or who else arrived in the vehicle, the Additional Solicitor General told the court.
He also requested the Magistrate to summon the Negombo HQI to inquire into the matter.
The prosecution also raised attention to the matter that Sampayo and other suspects were detained in a cell reserved for women suspects until they were brought to the court while there was room in the men's detention cells.
Mr. Dileepa Peiris stated in court that he strongly objected to the request made by the defendant's side to grant bail to AnuruddhaSampayo.
Accordingly, further remanding the suspect, Negombo Magistrate Sajindra Jayasuriya stated that AnuruddhaSampayo is a person who has more knowledge of the law than ordinary people. The Magistrate pointed out that it is a grave offense for such a person to break the law knowingly.
Accordingly, the four suspects including AnuruddhaSampayo were remanded till the 18th of this month by the Magistrate.
Sampayo and three other suspects in the case- Chief Jailor of the Negombo Prison UpaliSarath Bandara, Second Tier Jailor Nishantha Senaratne and Jailor Prasad Kalinga Kaluaggala were arrested for providing special facilities to a group of prison inmates and forging documents to aid the transfers of convicts and help them continue criminal activities.
Source: Colombo Page