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Father, son remanded for assaulting HQI

By Dyan Pathiravithana and Sunil Weerasuriya

A father and son accused of aggressively obstructing the duties of the Police and assaulting the HQI of Mt. Lavinia Police, while in custody, were produced before Mt. Lavinia Additional Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatte on Friday and remanded till August 27. The remanded father and son were identified as Roshan Dushmantha and Shehan Priyankara of Kaduwela.

On August 12, the motor car driven by the first suspect Roshan Dushmantha had been involved in an accident with a trishaw at Golumadama Junction, Ratmalana.
According to Police, an officer at the scene had reported to Mt. Lavinia headquarters that the first suspect was intoxicated, and taken the two suspects to the station, along with the car.
On arrival, the suspects had created a commotion. HQI Mt. Lavinia Police Mahesh Perera had come to check what was going on and approached the suspects, when the first suspect had slapped him across the face and continued to attack him.

SI Pathmasiri Kulathunga of the Mt. Lavinia Police addressing the court said that, while trying to bring the suspect under control, he had fallen on the ground and hurt himself, producing a further report on the incident.
Attorneys-at-law Saumya de Costa and Jayantha Epa Seneviratne appearing for the suspects informed court that one of the suspects had received an injury to his head, while the other had two broken teeth, due to the assault on them by the Mt. Lavinia Police, and needed proper medical attention. Hence, to direct the Prisons to take necessary action.

They informed court that second suspect Shehan Priyankara had not been in the vehicle. Only the first suspect and his wife had travelled in the car. After they had been taken to the Police station, the wife had telephoned the son, and then only the second suspect arrived at the station. On arrival, he too had been assaulted and taken into custody by the Police.
The Magistrate then ordered the Prison authorities to get proper medical attention necessary for the two suspects.