killed only old women
By Sarasi Paranamanna
The Pelmadulla Magistrate Court has ordered to
obtain DNA samples from the suspect who was arrested
for the killing of three old women in Kahawatta,
Ratnapura and remanded him.
“This suspect is 29 years old and he had been
committing these crimes since 2008,” said Kahawatta
Police OIC Aluthgamage. The suspect had been
targeting elderly women who live alone in isolated
During the forensic investigations the Police had
discovered that the suspect had raped these women
after killing them.
The third murder he had allegedly committed was an
80-year-old female who had been living alone at
Dimbulwala area. “We discovered the body inside the
victim’s house. The earlier body was dumped in
water. The female’s body had several cuts. Also,
there were several ‘beedi’ butts lying around. That
was the clue that finally led us to arrest this
suspect,” said OIC Aluthgamage.
The suspect was getting ready to commit his fourth
murder when he finally got caught while trying to
enter a house by removing several roofing tiles. “We
initially thought this was a burglary and he was
arrested for trespassing. But when we searched him
we found several white ‘beedis’ on his person and
following interrogations he revealed the murders he
committed,” the OIC said.
All his victims had been living not more than one
kilometre from his place of residence. The suspect
had also murdered an elderly woman in the
Opathawatta line houses.
The suspect had been living with his grandmother and
he had been employed as a labourer. “This individual
was also a loner and while conducting investigations
we found out that he is a person with a mental
affliction,” said OIC Aluthgamage.