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Drug-addicted thief confesses to court

The Chief Magistrate Galle Thursday ordered a drug addicted suspect Nirosha Ratnayake of Wellawatta to be released on cash bail of Rs.50,000 after he pleaded guilty to stealing a three-wheeler and snatching a gold chain.
Magistrate Chamara Tennekoon, however, stipulated that the suspect produce three government approved guarantors for his bail.
Since, the suspect could not produce the bail amount or the required three guarantors, he was further remanded until March 10.
On the orders of the Magistrate, the recovered stolen articles produced in court by the Police were handed over to the owners: The trishaw (Rs.190,000) by the OIC Galle Harbour Police Inspector of Police Meshan de Silva and gold chain (Rs.160,000) by crimes OIC Ratgama Police Inspector H N Kumaradasa, in whose Police areas the articles were stolen from.
It was revealed that the suspect had come to Galle from Wellawatta on February 15 and crept into a drug rehabilitation centre in Unawatuna, Galle and spent the night there. He had been up early next morning when he noticed the trishaw parked outside the Peace Pagoda, which he took off with after its owner went inside the temple to pray.
Not stopping at that, he had gone into a shopping complex at Dodanduwa on seeing a woman wearing an expensive gold necklace going into it had snatched the gold chain, but he was caught by the alert public there.
He revealed all this to the court. (NS)