of Lankan worker in Korea
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
A 28-year-old Sri Lankan worker who died in South Korea earlier
this month and whose second post-mortem was conducted by the JMO,
Negombo Dr. Channa Perera on January 26 has determined that it
was due to strangulation and not due to a heart attack as
reported by the Korean Government.
Victim Dinusha Priyambara Weerakkody had died in Chinju City on
According to Dr. Perera’s preliminary report on the post-mortem
examination conducted by him, the probable cause of death is
fatal neck compression.
“There are two incised wounds to the right side of the neck,
which could be ante-mortem or post-mortem. This has to be
resolved with the report of the first post-mortem examination
performed in Korea. Samples were obtained for histology,” the
The Negombo JMO has reserved his final opinion based on the
availability of further information.
“This has to be resolved with the report of the first
post-mortem examination performed in Korea where samples were
obtained for histology,” said Dr. Perera.
The victim’s uncle, Nilantha
Samaraweera said the death certificate which was sent from Korea
is completely different to what was determined by the local
“The Korean Government has stated that this death has occurred
due to an acute heart failure though they have not clearly
mentioned the cause of death,” he added.
According to Samaraweera, Dinusha was a resident of Samaraweera
Watta Eliya, Divulvewa, Eppawala prior to going to Korea on July
“Dinusha went to Korea legally through the Foreign Employment
Bureau and was employed there at a shipping yard as a labourer,”
He said that three others who were staying at the same lodging
with him have been arrested and the room has been sealed as
Dinusha’s father died when he was two years old and prior to
going to Korea after two years of trying he was selling spices
and retail goods at the village fair,” said Samaraweera.
There had been 80 employees in the yard where Dinusha had worked
and he had transferred Rs.350,000 to his younger brother’s
account just four days prior to his death.
Dinusha’s, elder brother Aruna
Sanjeewa Weerakkody stated that the Korean Government is not
handing over accurate information regarding his brother’s death.