|Funeral parlour owner, 80,
A 80-year-old man committed suicide by
jumping in front of a moving train soon after he
sent a message to his family saying that he was
dead, an inquest was told.
The body of Suwarisge Victor, the proprietor of a
funeral parlour at Nilpanagoda, was found last
Tuesday near the rail track at Daraluwa, Gampaha.
The inquest heard that Victorís son Suwarisge Nihal,
42, had complained to Police about a week ago that
his father had gone missing.
According to evidence led before the Inquirer into
Sudden Deaths Gampaha, K M P D Rajapaksa, Victor had
walked into a communication centre at Bemmulla on
the day of the incident and persuaded a woman
employee there to call his home and inform the
family that he had died.
His son, who had answered the call, had said he did
not believe the news adding that his father might be
playing a joke and had inquired from the woman
whether Victor was in the communication centre with
On being answered in the affirmative, the son had
told the girl to tell Victor that he was arriving
there immediately in a vehicle to pick him up.
After a few minutes, Victor had told the girl he
wanted to have a cup of tea and walked out promising
to be back soon.
He was seen walking towards the Daraluwa railway
station. Later, after disappearing behind a plantain
tree grove alongside the rail track, he had jumped
in front of the Polgahawela-bound express.
Victorís son, testifying at the inquest, said he
rushed to the communication centre too late and that
his fatherís body was found later.
The driver of the Polgahawela-bound 9.30am express
train, Dickson Weeraratne, said he saw a man coming
out of a plantain tree grove and jumping in front of
the train on August 24, but he could not bring the
train to a halt on time to save his life.
Gampaha JMO Dr AKM Jayawickrema said Victor died
from grievous head injuries.
The inquirer returned a verdict of suicide.