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He allegedly 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 houses.
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.