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Mystery death 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 January 18.
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 report said.

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 autopsy.

“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 6, 2008.

“Dinusha went to Korea legally through the Foreign Employment Bureau and was employed there at a shipping yard as a labourer,” said Samaraweera.
He said that three others who were staying at the same lodging with him have been arrested and the room has been sealed as well.

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.

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